One of the ways counseling can be so helpful for individuals is that it gives them another perspective on their life. Coming up with a new way of thinking or doing things on your own can seem daunting, especially if you're stuck in a rut. Having a knowledgeable outside perspective can help you to deal with your problems more effectively. Give an example of a time when you were able to give your client the tools they needed to make a change in their life. How did you identify what they needed? How did you help them take the steps to do things differently?
"As a Mental Health Counselor, I practice cognitive behavioral therapy with my clients. I think it is important to help my clients identify their thoughts and emotions and how they affect their daily routine. Once we 've been able to identify the toxic thoughts and emotions we can work together to work towards new stradegies to address their issues."
"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."
"I utilize to DBT with my clients and have found it useful in working with clients who have a behavioral diagnosis and eating disorders because they often suffer from extreme emotional dysregulation and have difficulty shaping their behavior towards more adaptive responses. To help clients manage this, I validate their emotions and encourage the use of "opposite action" skills because they are typically trying to avoid something. By utilizing this skill along with deep breathing techniques, my clients have learned to stay present and navigate difficult emotions."
DBT can be very impactful, and you do a wonderful job explaining exactly why and how. This question is a 'tell me about a time' query, which requires a specific example of a time when you used this technique with a client. I recommend giving a specific example in your interview, and including the outcome, so long as that would not break any confidentiality, of course.
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