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Top 30 Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions
Question 1 of 34
Why did you enter a career in mental health?
Everyone has different motivations for entering the field, but most stem from the common ground of a desire to help people. Think about why you chose your field and what motivates you to do what you do. Maybe you have mental illness in your family. Perhaps you are frustrated with the current model for mental healthcare and strive to make a difference. Whatever your motivation, speak openly about how you aim to make an impact through working as a mental health counselor.
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List of Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions
  1. Why did you enter a career in mental health?
  2. How do you help clients set goals for counseling?
  3. How do you measure progress?
  4. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  5. Why is medication important for some clients to progress in their counseling?
  6. Tell me about a time when you helped a client develop new strategies to address their issues?
  7. What do you know about our facility?
  8. What makes you a great counselor?
  9. How do you encourage a client to speak about their issues?
  10. Do you have a high level of patience?
  11. What brings you the most satisfaction as a Mental Health Counselor?
  12. How long do your counseling sessions last?
  13. What is your availability in an emergency?
  14. How have you handled a client who failed to progress?
  15. How do you handle a client with coexisting mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?
  16. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  17. Are you accustomed to working with diverse populations?
  18. What type of emotional and behavioral challenges have you dealt with in the past?
  19. Tell me about a challenging client and the approach you took to help them solve their problems.
  20. What kind of medical information do you need? Will a medical evaluation be needed before treatment begins?
  21. What are your career goals?
  22. How do you make recommendations for a plan of care?
  23. Have you worked with a patient who you believe was misdiagnosed? How did you handle it?
  24. Tell me about a time when you saw significant improvements in a client's life?
  25. How would you define success?
  26. What is your greatest strength?
  27. What would you do if a client said they wanted to kill himself/herself?
  28. Why should we hire you?
  29. Tell me about your counseling experience.
  30. What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
  31. Tell me about your education.
  32. How has your training prepared you for this role?
  33. How would you describe your counseling style?
  34. Even though this is an 8-5 job, clients may contact you any time of day, are you comfortable with that?
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Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Mental Health Counselor Information
October 9th, 2017

As a Mental Health Counselor, you are a member of an elite group of helping professionals. You may work with individuals, couples, families or small groups. You help patients with problems such as poverty, abuse, addiction, unemployment, educational problems, disability, trauma and mental illness. You may provide individual, family and group counseling, case management services connecting clients with resources and service providers, and other services to empower clients to meet their own needs. As a Mental Health Counselor, you help patients identify internal struggles, help them examine their relationships, family structure, community environment, and the systems and policies that impact them to identify ways to help address challenges. You use a strength-based approach while counseling patients. This technique suggests that individuals have strengths and resources and the Counselors role is to help build upon a person’s skills and support systems.

As a Mental Health Counselor, your patients and schedule can be demanding. Flexibility and patience go hand and hand in this career field. Knowing how to prioritize and complete several tasks at once is crucial to getting things done in an effective and efficient manner as a Counselor. Your passion and empathy will show during your counseling sessions when you go the extra mile to empower others to lead healthier, more productive lives.

During your interview, it will be important to know your target population. Do your homework before this interview to know exactly what position you are interviewing for and what type of clients you'll be working with. The interviewer will be interested to know how you made an impact at your last job. Have a few short stories handy to share with the interviewer. By using the STAR method, you can cover all your bases as you would in a counseling session. Situation: Briefly describe the situation. Task: Point out the desired goal. Action: Share the steps you took to achieve the objective. Result: Describe the positive outcome. You can also share if there were lessons learned from the situation and how it impacted your last job.
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Question 1 of 34
Why did you enter a career in mental health?
Everyone has different motivations for entering the field, but most stem from the common ground of a desire to help people. Think about why you chose your field and what motivates you to do what you do. Maybe you have mental illness in your family. Perhaps you are frustrated with the current model for mental healthcare and strive to make a difference. Whatever your motivation, speak openly about how you aim to make an impact through working as a mental health counselor.
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I always had an interest, been exposed to different scenarios in my personal life where I have interacted with mental health patients which has formed my character and added to my experience.
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I wanted a fulfilling career that impacts and helps others reach their goals in life.
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Personal- people can enhance their own mental health if we give them the right coping mechanisms and strategies and if we refer them.
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I entered a career in mental health because I enjoy talking to people, empowering individuals and that are strugling with past trauma and negative events in their lives to deal with their so that are not victims of their circumstances and they are able to process their trauma.
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Lack of the importance of counseling in my community.
Question 2 of 34
How do you help clients set goals for counseling?
"I had a client who was struggling with an eating disorder. We set small goals to help her take better control over it. We looked at the bigger picture of her life and found opportunities where she could take control, like her job and her living situation."
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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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I collaborate with my clients to determine the treatment plan and goals.
Question 3 of 34
How do you measure progress?
"I measure progress differently in each of my clients. Overcoming a fear, the ability to finally leave the house or even being able to go out for coffee with friends."
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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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Progress should be assessed at the end of the intervention. For example, creating a pre and post test allows for us to see how effective the services were in meeting the need of the students.
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Progress will be assessed by evaluating if behaviours are increasing or staying the same or decreasing.
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I would ask the client to show me on a peice of paper, the paper representing their life, how big the issue or behaviour they might be struggling with is and how much it takws over their life, they can use form and colour, I would date it and come back to it 3 months later and ask them to do the same thing. Showing them both pictures and talking about the difference, if any.
Question 4 of 34
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
"Public speaking is a weakness of mine. I've recently signed up to speak at a conference to give myself the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills. It was nervewracking but I accomplished it and am looking forward to more opportunities."
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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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Public speaking, being in this field, I am putting myself out there.
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I have a tendency to over do it at times and may forget to eat or take a break. I am trying to be more mindful of self-care techniques so I perform my job effectively.
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My greatest weakness is not seeing the problem globally. I'm working in seeing the issues of the client as a piece of puzzle to see the whole picture.
Question 5 of 34
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.
3.
Yes, sometimes depending on the client's disorder and needs.
Question 6 of 34
Tell me about a time when you helped a client develop new strategies to address their issues?
Professional answer
One time, one of my clients expressed that they felt very depressed. We identified that part of the reason was because she would be reminded of her perceived lack of social connection when she went on social media. Working with the client, I helped her take on a different perspective of social media. She saw it more as a constructed image rather than reality, which helped her manage her expectations of what she thought her life should be like. This led to a small improvement in her mental health.
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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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I worked with a young woman to manage and express her anger in a more effective manner.
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Child with depressive tendencies brought on by their environment. Listened, validated her feelings, helped suggest strategies such as mindfulness, distraction and redirection, journaling, social skill development, play therapy, increase social network and group.
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I have a client who is anxious and who experiences panic attacks. I have taught him coping strategies, such as deep breathing, exercise, and taking a shower in order to relax.
Question 7 of 34
What do you know about our facility?
Professional answer
“I know that this facility primarily helps the low-income population, and that’s why I’m applying. In my undergraduate degree, I took sociology courses and realized that while everyone needs to take care of their mental health, low-income populations are most negatively affected by poor mental health, and I want to build a career where I’m making valuable impacts and helping society.”
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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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I know that it is a mental health facility for the county, and that it assists a wide range of individuals, as long as they are substance-free.
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I know your facilty is therapy pre-school.
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I read your website and brochure.
Question 8 of 34
What makes you a great counselor?
Professional answer
I think that I've made the most of my experiences by developing a broader perspective, which helps in my interactions with my clients. By being able to see things from many different people's perspectives—it could be their perspective, their friends' or family's, or their spouse—I can help them navigate their personal relationships and understand how they're influenced by them. This knowledge, in my experience, typically helps them make more progress in therapy. Having broader perspective also helps me maintain my own mental health when I get stressed out.
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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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Feedbacks of my clients pointed on my ability as a counsellor.
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I believe I'm an excellent counselor based on the reviews my clients and colleagues give me.
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I believe I am excellent counselor because I compassionate about my work and have seen many of my clients thrive and return to normal functioning after care with me. My past supervisors have also recognized my positive influence on my clients lives and given me praise and encouragement to continue my good work.
Question 9 of 34
How do you encourage a client to speak about their issues?
Professional answer
It depends on the client. I know that many clients are a little defensive in the beginning, even if they're the ones who decided to move forward with getting help. And I acknowledge that. I tell them that I understand that it's hard to open up to a someone they haven't gotten to know. Once I do that, I tell them that they're the ones in control of how much they progress. I make sure that they understand that this is a therapeutic alliance, that we're here together as partners on a journey, that I'm not here to tell them what to do. I think that once they understand the nature of the relationship, they open up a lot more and the treatment goes a lot more smoothly because of that trust.
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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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Letting them set the path.
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I let them know that they are in a safe non-judgmental environment and free to let our their feelings. I empower them to help me help themselves.
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Let them know I am listening.
Question 10 of 34
Do you have a high level of patience?
Professional answer
Yes, patience is a virtue. I learned first-hand that being patient with clients is crucial. I find it helpful to remember that they didn't get to where they are instantly, that it was a process, just as it'll be a process to improve.
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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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My level of patient is high as I tend to be a active listener and constant assessor.
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I do. Patience is needed in my role as a drug and alcohol counselor, because not all clients are willing to be compliant in treatment.
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Yes I do. My field has taught me to be very patient and to pace myself with individuals suffering from various issues. I am also teaching this to my clients as I remain composed and patient with the process.
Question 11 of 34
What brings you the most satisfaction as a Mental Health Counselor?
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I get the most satisfaction when I see any improvements in my client. It's not easy to help the client. In fact it's often very difficult, and often the improvements are small. But I recognize every small step as a success and that they accumulate over time. I'm invested in my clients' success no matter how much or how little the progress, but I think it's natural to get very excited when you see that the client is taking to the treatment.
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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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What brings satisfaction as a mental health counselor would be assessing patient who are in need of additional services, such as medicines, therapy, and financial funds to decrease their stress level that ultimate affect their mental health.
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Seeing my clients understand their potential.
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To see a transformation of my client through the counselling process that I have guided.
Question 12 of 34
How long do your counseling sessions last?
Professional answer
I understand that the typical session is 45 minutes, and I'm perfectly fine with that. I keep track of time during the session and am good at making sure that the session ends with enough time for me to take notes and keep records. If it runs longer than expected, I just reprioritize the housekeeping tasks for later.
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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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Ive never actually had a session before.
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If it is and intake, they may last an hour and half. Typically, 45-50 mins, I take 10 mins before the next appointment to take notes. If I do not have a follow-up appointment, they I would allow for extra time if its beneficial to my client.
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Counseling sessions for adults would last about 50 minutes. For children it varies on age depending on their attention span.
Question 13 of 34
What is your availability in an emergency?
Professional answer
I got into this career knowing that emergencies are a fact of life for therapists. In fact, that's one of the reasons that I chose to become a therapist: I wanted to be there for people when they needed help the most, when nobody else is available to them. I pride myself on being reliable and dependable, especially because I think my clients need that source of stability.
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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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All clients have my work contact information and the few high risk clients do have my cell number. I would always be available for a serious emergency.
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I am available. I do have a young son that I am responsible for.
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I can be available in an emergency.
Question 14 of 34
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.
Question 15 of 34
How do you handle a client with coexisting mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?
Professional answer
Every client is different, so I have to take an individualistic approach. I'd guide the client to recognize and acknowledge specific issues that I've identified, and also ask what aspects of his or her life that they would like to work on. This lays the groundwork for progress. Once the issues become more clear and evident, I'll consult my supervisor and the psychiatrist for recommendations as well.
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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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There are many overlaps with treatment for GAD and MDD, such as CBT and mindfulness.
Question 16 of 34
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Professional answer
I'm always looking to widen my skill set so that I can be a more effective therapist. Over the next five years, I definitely want to learn a range of modalities because I recognize that there's no one-size-fits-all therapy technique. For example, I think that psychodynamic therapy can help clients who are working on improving their anxiety and depression.
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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.
Question 17 of 34
Are you accustomed to working with diverse populations?
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“I don’t have much experience yet and that’s why I’m applying to this center. I think that working with a diverse population will help me become a better therapist by giving me exposure to the common issues that cross cultural gaps, while also showing me precisely how different communities and cultures have their own individual dynamics that impact people’s mental health.”
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Question 18 of 34
What type of emotional and behavioral challenges have you dealt with in the past?
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I understand that this clinic works with a low-income population that deals a lot with substance abuse. During my internship, I was exposed to clients who were addicted to drugs and alcohol, and I learned that there was a lot of comorbidity with anxiety. There was a lot of self-destructive and self-injurious behavior. I learned that [modality] was helping a lot of the clients, and I want to widen my therapeutic skill set so that I can help the entire range of clients in your population.
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GAD, MDD, bipolar, ASD, PTSD
Question 19 of 34
Tell me about a challenging client and the approach you took to help them solve their problems.
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I had a client who wasn't showing any signs of improving after three months of treatment. So I reassessed both the treatment goals and the approach. I realized that we hadn't spent enough time helping the client understand himself—for instance, what are his triggers and stressors? So I spent some time guiding him to improve his self-awareness. Once he was able to see recognize his stressors, he was able to begin taking control. This also helped us clarify his goals, because we could be more concrete and well-defined.
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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.
Question 20 of 34
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.
Question 21 of 34
What are your career goals?
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Right now, I'm focused on developing an excellent track record in a clinical setting so that I can be prepared to have my own practice. That means that I need to be an excellent therapist and serve my clients well. That's one of the things that motivates me to do a great job for my clients, in addition to simply helping them and making positive impacts on society.
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Continuing to learn and obtain my LPC.
Question 22 of 34
How do you make recommendations for a plan of care?
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The goal of a plan is to effectively reach the outcomes that the client and I have identified. To make sure that the plan is effective, we have to have realistic and accurate goals, which also relies on having accurate information about the client. That means that I begin my relationship with the client by observing and gathering as much information as I can. Once I have this information, I can start asking guiding questions to identify issues and goals. Only after I have all of that in place do I make a recommendation for a plan of care.
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It depends on the presenting problems and diagnosis.
Question 23 of 34
Have you worked with a patient who you believe was misdiagnosed? How did you handle it?
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I think that mental health issues can be tricky and that misdiagnoses can certainly happen. I had a client who was diagnosed with depression. I saw that he also showed symptoms of bipolar disorder. So I kept an eye out for this and asked my supervisor about it. We had the client see the psychiatrist in our clinic and we concluded that we should update the diagnosis.
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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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A misdiagnoses has happened early in the therapy process. Many clients are in denial of their conditions and leave out important details including, prior diagnoses, meds, and early childhood trauma, or things that might be judged by the therapist. Sometimes it takes 4 or more sessions to get to the root of a clients genuine problem to be able to render a proper diagnosis. I begin the counseling process with primary, secondary differential diagnosis and may need to adjust these findings and I learn more about my client and build a good therapeutic alliance with that person.
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By being honest. And rectifying my mistake.
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Ive never diagnosed anyone professionally.
Question 24 of 34
Tell me about a time when you saw significant improvements in a client's life?
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I had a client who was diagnosed with mood disorder NOS. When he first came in, he was unemployed and going to school. He had demonstrated homicidal and suicidal ideation at the beginning of treatment. Within only four months, he was feeling a lot less negative about his life and his self-esteem improved. He stopped having thoughts of harming himself or others and instead was much more accepting of the future's possibilities.
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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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I have a client at sunny Acres who is a 290, on house arrest and addicted to opiates. He suffered with relapse on many occasions, but with the help of repeated REBT and DBT excercises he was able to become his own advocate. Once this happened, I felt confident about referring him to SLO county drug and alcohol services Suboxone program. He has successfully completed the program without missing one group or appointment and now free of opiate dependant life . He is proud of himself and so am I.
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I recently was able to discharge a female client, mother of 2, who lost both her children to DCFS. We began using CBT therapy to raise awareness of client emotional, thought and behavior patterns and how these were directly related to her core believes, which she learned as a young girl. We were able to coordinate her treatment along with individual substance abuse counseling, enrolled her into a residential sober living, while always focusing on her progress each week. The client eventually achieved over one year of drugs and alcohol, we began to re-build relationships with her family through collateral sessions. The client was reunited with her children and her husband a few months ago. We were able to build outside support networks through local 12-step programs, she became employed for the 1st time in several years, and today has become a functioning member in her family, community, and employment.
Question 25 of 34
How would you define success?
Professional answer
“Success is ultimately defined by the client. I work jointly with each client to develop a customized treatment plan with well-defined milestones. If I’m supporting them to improve their mental health and the skills they need to maintain that level of mental health, I consider that a 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.
Question 26 of 34
What is your greatest strength?
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“I’m very empathetic and patient. I’m also good at observing and listening. I think those traits and skills come together to make me a very effective therapist.”
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I am very diligent. Once I start something I need to finish it to the best of my ability.
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My ability to empathize and make clients feel welcome to share.
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My greatest strength is my ability to time manage, pay attention to detail, work autonomously and be flexibly minded in my work as a counselor.
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My organization, things get done faster and easier if you are organized.
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My greatest strength is my ability to non-judgmental, and genuine with clients. I am great at time management, working autonomously and as a team member.
Question 27 of 34
What would you do if a client said they wanted to kill himself/herself?
Professional answer
This is one of the first conversations that I have with my clients, so that they know exactly what to expect and what the law says about this kind of situation. I explain to them that I'll have to ask them to stay with me until the ambulance arrives to deliver them to the psychiatric ward at the nearby hospital, where they may be kept for up to 72 hours for observation. Of course, this sounds like a negative situation, so I make sure that they understand why I'm doing it, and that I consider it a last resort and only if I truly believe that they're going to be a threat to their own safety. I make sure they understand that I'm not only mandated to do this for their own protection, but also because I care deeply about their safety.
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Get them to talk. Listen to what they have to say and let them know they are alone.
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I would call local medical services, emergency room.
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Call for emergency services.
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I would first ask if they had a definite plan to harm themselves, if it was imminent, I would have call emergency services, mobile crisis perhaps. If the threat is without a plan a no-harm contract verbal or written would be drawn up and it's rationale discussed.
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Because that is harming themselves or someone else, it is important to let the higher power know.
Question 28 of 34
Why should we hire you?
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“I think that, while most other counselors are also compassionate and patient, I have an extraordinary passion for helping others and I’m extremely committed. I don’t bat an eye about taking a call from a client even if it’s in the middle of the night. I see this as a calling, as my life’s work. In addition to that, I’m committed to professional growth: I plan on getting the skills necessary to open up a clinic.”
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Because I possess the passion, motivation and skills to be a great therapist for SLO county. My experiences with post-incarcerated clients suffering from dual diagnosis has prepared me to handle difficult situations rationally and professionally. My past experiences have made me a very non-judgmental and flexibly minded person. I feel I would be an asset to the SLO county team with these skills.
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I believe I have the necessary skills to be a child advocate, such as counseling, public speaking, and teaching. I also have the enthusiasm to be an integral advocate for this type of work.
Question 29 of 34
Tell me about your counseling experience.
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I've worked at a free clinic at a community-based organization where I was able to treat a very diverse population. I learned a lot in my time there, like how different cultures deal with mental health issues and how I can play a part in overcoming those hurdles to help my clients make progress in their lives. That's why I'm applying here. I want to continue my work with a diverse population, with a stricter focus on mental health issues, compared to the current clinic where there's a lot of comorbidity with substance abuse.
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I am a Disaster Mental Health Counselor for the Red Cross. I am a Per Diem for SACS. I did my school counseling internship at Ledyard High School. I had 15 students on my caseload and one of them was suicidal. I also did my practicums and internships at Franklin Academy. I currently have 7 clients. I have also conducted support groups, such as CBT, mindfulness, etc.
Question 30 of 34
What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
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When I first started out, the job was very emotionally draining and stressful. I think that, in the past year, I've gotten much better at handling the job in terms of the extent that it affects my personal well-being. For example, I adopted a few routines to give myself a mental transition between my work and home life. I make sure to my grocery shopping on the weekend so that I can cook when I get home because cooking helps me focus on the present moment instead of dwelling on the workday. I also give my parents or friends a quick call to talk about how they're doing. In this way, I'm recharging and refreshing myself so that I can give my clients the attention and focus that they deserve.
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I have taken workshops in TF-CBT and play therapy.
Question 31 of 34
Tell me about your education.
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During my program, I learned a lot about the wide range of therapeutic techniques that are available to mental health counselors. I know that our real education begins in the real world, when we start treating real clients with real problems. In my internship, I was exposed to such a diverse group of clients, and I knew then that I'd need to expand the modalities that I could practice. I worked in a mental health clinic that treated low-income individuals, and there they focused on CBT because of the time constraints from the insurance that the clients had. I realized that it wasn't necessarily the most effective form of treatment for everyone though. It was there, in the real world, that I realized that if I wanted to be an effective therapist to more people, I would need to learn to practice a wider range of modalities.
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I have a BS in Elementary Education, a MS in Education, a MS in School Counseling, and I will have a MS in Mental Health Counseling.
Question 32 of 34
How has your training prepared you for this role?
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I think that my training in cognitive behavioral therapy will play a big role in helping many of the clients in this population. I noticed that this clinic focuses on supporting individuals who are recovering from addiction, and cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the leading modalities that's proven by research to be highly effective.
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I am a school counselor. I will be earning my LPC. I also have a professional teaching certificate and a CT Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate certificate.
Question 33 of 34
How would you describe your counseling style?
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I employ person-centered therapy techniques. I believe that changes are most durable when they're brought about through a genuine relationship between the client and myself. That means that I have to acknowledge that I myself am not a perfect person. I believe in guiding the client in his or her change and make sure that the changes we work on is something that they come up with, not something that I'm assigning to them as an authority.
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Organic and client led. The clients' personality and sitation dictate the focus of sessions, treatment and theories. I use a lot of listening and validation to increase self esteem and self pride. I join with the client and have conversations with them, sometimes taking on more leadership roles, sometimes more equal casual roles.
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Person-centered, CBT, narrative, psychodynamic, and solution-focused.
Question 34 of 34
Even though this is an 8-5 job, clients may contact you any time of day, are you comfortable with that?
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“I understand that, and that’s completely fine. I knew that that would be an aspect of being a mental health counselor even before I started going to school for it. The way I see it, my clients wouldn’t be calling me unless they really needed me, and I make it my personal responsibility to be dependable and available to them whenever they need me.”
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