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1. Why did you enter a career in mental health?
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Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions, to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.
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Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions
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How do you help clients set goals for counseling?
 
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I design treatment and goals for my clients realistically. I start gradual and work to improve them as time goes on. They will be communicated with a firm, compassionate and solution-focused approach with my client verbally and by way of a well laid out treatment plan.
 
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Goals will be collaborated with the client according to situation and need. They will be discussed in the beginning and end of a session as introduction and feedback.
 
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How do you measure progress?
 
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Progress needs to be assessed continuously as presentation or s/s can change.
 
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Progress will be assessed after every session with a client. I will listen to the client's thought processes and look at their behavior to see if it has changed.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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I tend to be too cautious about things. I over analyze situations when there is no need to. I'm working on this by making a quick list of pros and cons and basing my decision off of that.
 
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My greatest weakness is I have tendency to over do it at times, forget to eat or take a break. I am becoming more mindful of self-care and it has improved my ability to facilitate more effectively in my work as a mental health counselor.
 
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Why is medication important for some clients to progress in their counseling?
 
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Some of my clients have a prior diagnosis, mental or physical and out on a medication regiment. Their progress and compliance to adhere to their doctors meds will be a part of the treatment plan. Weekly assessments will help monitor their progress. There are clients assessed who may require a medical evaluation by a psychiatrists or primary care provider. For example: untreated depression, bipolar symptoms undiagnosed anxiety issues among others.
 
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I can refer clients to a psychiatrist, but I am a counselor, not a psychologist or psychiatrist and therefore cannot recommend nor prescribe medication.
 
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Tell me about a time when you helped a client develop new strategies to address their issues?
 
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Through REBT and CBT interventions with a lot of my substance abuse client. These strategies have helped them change their thought process and change the way they look at their situations. I have some clients with social phobias who I have helped with gradual exposure excercises.
 
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Through REBT and CBT interventions with a lot of my substance abuse client. These strategies have helped them change their thought process and change the way they look at their situations. I have some clients with social phobias who I have helped with gradual exposure excercises.
 
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What do you know about our facility?
 
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You have been in business for 10 years and work primarily with children.
 
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Different services, community collaberations, advocacy events.
 
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What makes you a great counselor?
 
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There is always room for improvement, but my track record of helping others to become independent is excellent.
 
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I believe I am excellent counselor because I possess an enormous amount of empathy and compassion for my clients. I have the ability to be an effective listener and inspire change by being a congruent therapist.
 
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How do you encourage a client to speak about their issues?
 
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I just talk to them and listen, really listen to them. I don't judge and help them to form a therapeutic alliance where they are in charge of how fast or slow they want to go.
 
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I treat them like people, letting them know that session is their safe place. I often use examples to get clients to open up.
 
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Do you have a high level of patience?
 
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Yes. You need patience when dealing with people who are mentally ill or addicted.
 
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My level of patient is high as I tend to be a active listener and constant assessor.
 
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What brings you the most satisfaction as a mental health counselor?
 
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Being to know that ihelp some help themselves.
 
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Helping people work through their problems and making a difference in people's lives.
 
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How long do your counseling sessions last?
 
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My counseling sessions last between 45 to 75 mins. This is determined if they are intake sessions or follow-ups.
 
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50 minutes till 1hour and 15 minutes.
 
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What is your availability in an emergency?
 
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I live close to your office. I'm any time available.
 
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I have a business phone that I keep on in case of an emergency. This has proven helpful and necessary in my present position out at Sunny Acres.
 
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How have you handled a client who failed to progress?
 
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I have invested time, but the responsibility falls on the client as well. I am not responsible for their progress, but they are. It's sad, but there are always more clients, more people who need help. I compartmentalize and engage in self care outside of work to distress.
 
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I have presented to the client that change can be comfortable, but not changing can also be comfortable. The client needs to decide what uncomfortableness they want to live with.
 
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How do you handle a client with coexisting mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?
 
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There are some techniques that work well for both issues. Relaxation, self-care, and CBT techniques can offer some relief with both issues. In some cases, a psychopharmacology approach in conjunction to counseling is necessary and a med evaluation may be necessary for the client.
 
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Assess which is more debilitating to the client, address that first while maintaining an understanding of their suicidal ideation and overall well being.
 
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Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
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I see myself as a licensed professional clinical counselor working for the county of SLO. I also see myself giving back to the profession and becoming a supervisor to LMFTI or PCCI in the future.
 
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Earning my LPC. I am not sure what field of counseling I will be in. Currently, I enjoy crisis, trauma, and sexual assault counseling because the work is needed.
 
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Are you custom to working with diverse populations?
 
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What type of emotional and behavioral challenges have you dealt with in the past?
 
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GAD, MDD, bipolar, ASD, PTSD
 
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Tell me about a challenging client and the approach you took to help them solve their problems.
 
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I have a client who has MDD, GAD, and ASD. He read a book that he could relate to so I read the book and used the book for bibliotherapy.
 
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What kind of medical information do you need? Will a medical evaluation be needed before treatment begins?
 
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It depends on the client.
 
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What are your career goals?
 
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Continuing to learn and obtain my LPC.
 
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How do you make recommendations for a plan of care?
 
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It depends on the presenting problems and diagnosis.
 
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Have you worked with a patient who you believe was misdiagnosed? How did you handle it?
 
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I don't conduct diagnoses. I collect pertinent data so the psychologist or psychiatrist can diagnose correctly.
 
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I have yet to misdiagnose. If I feel as though I am unable to diagnose an issue, I refer the client to other medical professionals.
 
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Tell me about a time when you saw significant improvements in a client's life?
 
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I helped a parent understand that her child was not being deliberately defiant, that it was part of his diagnosis. This helped to reduce the tension and stress in the house.
 
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I began counseling a client at Sunny Acres, a sober living environment back in June of 2015. He is a 290 on probation/ house- arrest and addicted to opiates. By introducing him to the first relapse prevention plan he had ever done, and weeks of CBT decision making support exercise, I was able to gear him in the direction for medical detox maintenance at the SLO county drug and alcohol services Suboxone program. He has diligently completed all classes, group work and eliminated is use of opiates entirely. His outlook on life is hopeful and he now sees his recovery as a positive addiction and is determined to stay clean for life.
 
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How would you define success?
 
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Being able to help clients find well-being and happiness in their lives and be able to do this independently.
 
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