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Top 30 Mental Health Counselor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 34
Why did you enter a career in mental health?
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"I chose to enter a career in mental health because I want to help people who are in need. There are many ways to help people. You can try to make changes in society and in institutions, but I prefer to work with people directly. I think that if a person has the right mental tools, they'll be more likely to be resilient and to survive and thrive in whatever environment or situation they happen to be in."
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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Question 2 of 34
How do you help clients set goals for counseling?
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"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."
"I had a client who was working through his depression. I determined that CBT would be one effective modality to treat him and we set goals to challenge his negative thoughts and set the habit of asking himself what someone else might say about his situation. Once he developed this habit, he told me that he really felt his depression lifting, and we continued to give him tools to manage his emotions and perceptions."
Give the interviewer a step-by-step approach to how you would help your client. Give an example to make it more concrete. You could start by talking about one or two issues your hypothetical client might be dealing with. Paint a picture using examples and talk about results. Tell the interviewer how you were effective in helping your client set and attain their goals.
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Question 3 of 34
How do you measure progress?
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Question 4 of 34
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 5 of 34
Why is medication important for some clients to progress in their counseling?
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Question 6 of 34
Tell me about a time when you helped a client develop new strategies to address their issues?
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Question 7 of 34
What do you know about our facility?
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Question 8 of 34
What makes you a great counselor?
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Question 9 of 34
How do you encourage a client to speak about their issues?
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Question 10 of 34
Do you have a high level of patience?
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Question 11 of 34
What brings you the most satisfaction as a Mental Health Counselor?
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Question 12 of 34
How long do your counseling sessions last?
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Question 13 of 34
What is your availability in an emergency?
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Question 14 of 34
How have you handled a client who failed to progress?
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Question 15 of 34
How do you handle a client with coexisting mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?
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Question 16 of 34
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 17 of 34
Are you accustomed to working with diverse populations?
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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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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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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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Question 21 of 34
What are your career goals?
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Question 22 of 34
How do you make recommendations for a plan of care?
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Question 23 of 34
Have you worked with a patient who you believe was misdiagnosed? How did you handle it?
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Question 24 of 34
Tell me about a time when you saw significant improvements in a client's life?
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Question 25 of 34
How would you define success?
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Question 26 of 34
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 27 of 34
What would you do if a client said they wanted to kill himself/herself?
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Question 28 of 34
Why should we hire you?
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Question 29 of 34
Tell me about your counseling experience.
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Question 30 of 34
What have you done in the past year to improve yourself?
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Question 31 of 34
Tell me about your education.
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Question 32 of 34
How has your training prepared you for this role?
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Question 33 of 34
How would you describe your counseling style?
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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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Question 1 of 34
Why did you enter a career in mental health?
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When I was young I was always spent a lot of time observing people and things and ultimately I felt I could do some good with this curiousity. I want to help others with my natural skills I cannot of field more rewarding that being a counselor, a coach, teacher. It was just full of growth and positivity.
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I wanted a fulfilling career that impacts and helps others reach their goals in life.
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I grew up in the field and have always wanted to help others be fully functioning members of society.
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Since I was a teenager I was intrigued by things relating to human behavior. My desire to journey along with children during their academic process appeared to be the right challenge. It appears my specialty since being e education and mental health setting is troubled males. My ability to help them through reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making strategies and service plans.
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I’ve always known I wanted to help others I just wasn’t sure how. When I was first going to school I was lost and had no clue what to do. I eventually took a psychology course and that changed my life forever. I became fascinated with human behaviors and the way the mind works. I believe therapy can have a positive effect on lives and psychological interventions can help someone who is suffering with behavioral disorders or mental health conditions. Which is why I chose to get my degree in psychology. I minored in Child and Adolescent development because children and youth populations are what I feel need to be focused on the most. Young people today who are experiencing emotional distress or other mental health problems that are treated now will have a better prognosis for living a fulfilling and high functioning life as they get older.
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Because I have the at heart and I want be there and make a differnce in their lives.
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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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Because I am passionate about counselling and compassinate for people that are hurting. I am passionate helping people to explore why they behave the way they do and develop strategies to change behaviours.
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I first became interested when I was in high school. Thats when I decided to major in psychology. Every since then, I wanted to do this and help others who need it.
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I am passionate about helping others.
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Initially, I entered the mental health field because of the death of my twin brother due to a heroin overdose 10 years ago. He suffered from dual diagnosis and been in and out of treatment centers and homeless. I am motivated to be involved in early prevention and give more focus to the dual diagnosis population and help them live a full and productive life if possible.
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I enter a career in mental health to learn the "why" individuals (children) would misbehave in school.
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To help those who are in need.
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Art has a always been an important part of my life and has helped me through tough times. I want to help others tap into the healing components of art.
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Through my own life experiences; overcoming certain difficult challenges, I have personally benefited from seeking outside help, and I have committed my career to helping others.
Question 2 of 34
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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I collaborate with my clients to determine the treatment plan and goals.
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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.
Question 3 of 34
How do you measure progress?
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Measurable goals verbalized by the client.
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Progress will be assessed by evaluating if behaviours are increasing or staying the same or decreasing.
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Progress would be assessed during each session by inquiring client and observing client's symptoms.
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Progress will look different for every undividual. Progression is assessed initially to see what can improve on one's resume and or job hunting tactics thus far, and again progress is assessed when enoloyment is obtained, ensuring the job is a good fit for the individual, the employee Progress is assessed by their motivation and ability to work.
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There will be a practice verbal language test halfway through PST, and a final one at the end. Your technical assessments will vary, based on your assignment area. You will receive constructive feedback from LCFs, trainers and PC staff. The assessment process is designed to help you increase your ability to assess your own performance, better accept your role in learning how to be competent here (it’s different…) and to provide you with customized technical assistance or coaching.
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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.
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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 will be assessed when an individual has reached a point where they are able to access supports and actively follow a regime most suitable for their needs.
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Halfway through treatment by reviewing what has or has not changed since initial session.
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Daily. We use an outcome measurement tool that will assess your progress daily.
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Well, it's important to collaboratively develop treatment goals with the client that are small, measurable, and attainable by the client so that on a weekly basis I may measure the client's progress. For instance, let's say a client wants to work on improving his communication with his partner. Then I could measure our progress by the number of times he argues with his partner, how many times he was able to use "I" statements.
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Progress will be assessed at each session based on homework.
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When you can observe the changes in the client and when the client states they have progressed.
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Questionnaire at the beginning, middle, and end of treatment.
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What are the interview questions for mental health clinical counselor.
Question 4 of 34
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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I get frustrated when I see others do not share the same level or enthusiasm because I tend to get very compassionate about what I do. But each time I feel that way I remind myself that everyone works differently and some times they may not show their level of enthusiasm.
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Paperwork. I understand that it has to be done but I tend to procrastinate. I am never late with the paperwork as I have had years to overcome this.
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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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Public speaking, being in this field, I am putting myself out there.
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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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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.
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My greatest has been my anxiety. I have used CBT and other relaxation strategies to improve my well being.
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Workaholic. If I care about an organization and doing what I'm doing (helping people) I will come early, stay late, develop programs and curricula to improve my skills and those of my clients, do extra research, take on extra projects. I can burn out doing this, so I have developed deeper compartmentalization, stronger boundaries, and I prioritize my activities according to urgency and big 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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Yes, sometimes depending on the client's disorder and needs.
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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.
Question 6 of 34
Tell me about a time when you helped a client develop new strategies to address their issues?
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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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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 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.
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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.
Question 7 of 34
What do you know about our facility?
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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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You have been in business for 10 years and work primarily with children.
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I know your facilty is therapy pre-school.
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I know that you are currently developing a culturally diverse public mental health workforce to individuals and families in the san luis Obispo community. Your goal is to increase the wellness, recovery and resilience of people suffering from dual diagnosis; by providing education, therapy and community outreach services.
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About your facility I know that you work directly with clients.
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I understand that you began over 20 years ago serving homeless men in Hollywood and moved to the downtown area about 12 years ago. The agency provides a wide array of supportive services to the clients through an integrated care model. This agency also believes in the philosophy of housing first and treatment second. I know that you have grown over the past 5 years and are looking to continue expanding in providing low cost services to the homeless population.
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I read your website and brochure.
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I know that coast aids individuals with mental health insured overcome obstacles and obtain their goals.
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As a Per Diem I am familiar with the facility and the work that we do.
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Provide a variety of mental health services for children and youth.
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Different services, community collaberations, advocacy events.
Question 8 of 34
What makes you a great counselor?
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I feel that I am open, honest, and do not demand too much from my clients. I let them go at their own pace and listen intently. I give positive feedback where it is warranted, and I do not judge my clients for their decisions.
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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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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.
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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 have excellent active listening skills, pay attention to details; never have any judgements, and always express empathy through difficult discussions. My years of working in undeserved communities has allowed me to understand cultural, gender, sexual identity, and age sensitive issues. I always engage the client into the solutions and create a partnership.
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Feedbacks of my clients pointed on my ability as a counsellor.
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I love working with people face to face.
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The ability to develop empathetic the and working relationships with clients.
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I have been told by my clients that they feel comfortable to disclose personal information and I have helped them learn coping strategies.
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I have excellent listening and empathy skills, natural leadership skills, a genuine interest in seeing clients and their situation improve, a passion for psychology and learning, high tolerance for diversity and multiculturalism.
Question 9 of 34
How do you encourage a client to speak about their issues?
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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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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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Building the trusting relationship will help with that.
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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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I let them know that they are in a safe and non-judgment environment and they are free to be themselves in session. I also encourage the importance of getting their feelings out and letting go of what is hurting inside. It will help them to let it out.
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The way I encourage client to speak about their issues is by addressing the issue as a general issue and psycho-educate client the importance of expressing the thoughts and feelings to better self.
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Let them know I am listening.
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I always begin with allowing for a safe place for conversation, informing the client they do not have to discuss issues they are not comfortable with, just let me know. I always approach sensitive issues with a questions such as "I'm curious about this incident, do you mind if I ask you a couple questions tohelp me out?
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First of all in building therapeutic alliance and trust in counselling.
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Be empathetic and listen Encourage and support.
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Normalizing situations and providing an open and empathetic enviornment.
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Listening, validating, observing their body language, noticing conflicting elements to their revelations and asking for more information.
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Letting them set the path.
Question 10 of 34
Do you have a high level of patience?
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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. You need patience when dealing with people who are mentally ill or addicted.
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Yes, I do have a high level of patience.
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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.
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Yes, working as a therapist in sober living environment with a diverse population, varied diagnosis, and homelessness has taught me to have a high degree of patience. Moreover, being a patient counselor aides in the therapeutic alliance.
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I would say I have patience.
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Yes, as well as establishing healthy boundaries, focusing on the client willingness to make change.
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Yes, as a counselor you must be able to be patient with a client.
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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 feel as though I have a high level of patience. As someone whose main framework and orientation is motivational interviewing, being able to roll with the resistance and meet the client where they are at is important.
Question 11 of 34
What brings you the most satisfaction as a Mental Health Counselor?
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Watching someone become independent and take charge of their life again.
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When the client implements and follows the steps outlined between counselor/client and or parent/support group then it would be great fulfillment.
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Knowing that someone who was suffering is able to function to their highest ability.
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When my clients arev happy.
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To see a transformation of my client through the counselling process that I have guided.
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To see clients transform their lives through the counselling sessions.
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Helping the people reach their goals to be stable and happy with themselves.
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Empowering my clients to find their own solutions and inspiring change in their lives.
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Seeing my client find the solutions to their struggles on their own and the renewed hope in their eyes brings me great satisfaction.
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What brings me the most satisfaction as a mental health counselor is when a client says that counseling has helped them expressed themselves in a healthy way and when the client says that counseling has helped them see counseling in a different perspective.
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Knowing I have done my best every to make a difference, to others.
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Watching clients have a moment of insight and clarity. Like a lightbulb going off.
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Seeing the improvement in my client's life.
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Helping the client and see that he/she get better.
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Seeing patients make progress.
Question 12 of 34
How long do your counseling sessions last?
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Ive never actually had a session before.
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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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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.
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50 minutes till 1hour and 15 minutes.
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Depends on the needs of the client Goal setting is appropriate and aids both the clients and myself to stay on Assigned tasks.
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40-60 minutes depending on the client.
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Depends on schedule. If I'm in an office setting, they'll last an hour. If I'm in the field with children engaging in play therapy before school, after school, recess, in the classroom, the school schedule will determine session times.
Question 13 of 34
What is your availability in an emergency?
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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 live close to your office. I'm any time available.
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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 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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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.
Question 15 of 34
How do you handle a client with coexisting mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety?
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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 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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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?
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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?
Question 18 of 34
What type of emotional and behavioral challenges have you dealt with in the past?
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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 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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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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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 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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I don't conduct diagnoses. I collect pertinent data so the psychologist or psychiatrist can diagnose correctly.
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Ive never diagnosed anyone professionally.
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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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A misdiagnoses is probable with clients at the beginning of the therapy process. Sometimes clients omit details, meds, doctors, experiences and even have an ability to mask symptoms of an earlier formal diagnosis. My first diagnosis are usually differential, primary and secondary and rule outs. I can adjust my diagnosis as I gather more information from my client and get to know them more in depth.
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Through my training experiences, I have consult and collaborated with my supervisor regarding the best diagnosis to a client.
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By being honest. And rectifying my mistake.
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I diagnosed a client with intermittent explosive disorder; however after our 1st coupe sessions I realized she fit the criteria for bi-polar I, with mixed episode. I quickly explained the change of diagnoses to the client, as well as any changes in her treatment plan.
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I am not qualified to diagnosis individuals.
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I thought my client had BPD, but my supervisor read the DSM-5 and we determined the client's ASD and anxiety were contributing to the symptoms.
Question 24 of 34
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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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?
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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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My ability to empathize and make clients feel welcome to share.
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My ability to hear what the client is not saying.
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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 organization, things get done faster and easier if you are organized.
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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 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.
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My greatest strength would be passion and dedication.
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My counseling skills, patience, being able to develop rapport, my gentle humor, etc.
Question 27 of 34
What would you do if a client said they wanted to kill himself/herself?
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Conduct an assessment whether the client is an immediate danger to himself/herself. Depending on how suicidal the client is, Then I would call the psychiatric hospital to admit the client. Next I would develop and implement a plan of action for my client when he or she has suicidal thoughts.
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I would call local medical services, emergency room.
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Call for emergency services.
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Refer them to the BEST Team.
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Would follow all safety protocols in place. Would evaluate to see if they had a plan and then would either refer to a hospital or to resident psychologist for further evaluation immediately.
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First ask if the client had a plan to execute the decision to end his/her life.
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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 will ask if they have any plan in hand.
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Because that is harming themselves or someone else, it is important to let the higher power know.
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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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I take this seriously as a therapist. I would ask if they had a plan and what that plan was. If self-harm appeared imminent, then I would have a duty to call mobile crisis or perhaps 911 and get my client help right away. If my client is just having the thoughts, no plan I would suggests do a no harm contract.
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If a client would said that they wanted to kill himself/herself, I would assess for ideation, plan, and the means to carry the plan. Make a safety plan with the client.
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I would conduct a SI assessment and determine if the client needed immediate medical attention. I would also conduct a safety plan, document it, and consult my supervisor.
Question 28 of 34
Why should we hire you?
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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 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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I have taken workshops in TF-CBT and play therapy.
Question 31 of 34
Tell me about your education.
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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 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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Person-centered, CBT, narrative, psychodynamic, and solution-focused.
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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.
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?

About Mental Health Counselor

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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