Finding The Right Counselor For Your Needs

th (2)Looking to find the perfect therapist, who will listen to your specific needs? Here are some things you should know before you begin your search:

Psychiatrists: Simply put, psychiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. They have medical training and they are also trained in “talk” therapy (psychotherapy), which aims to change a person’s behaviors.

Social Workers: A social worker’s goal is to maintain a person’s social functioning. They provide counseling and help people deal with relationships and solve personal problems.

Psychologists: These are doctoral degree experts in psychology. They study the human mind and behavior and are also trained in counseling and psychotherapy.

Licensed Counselors: These physicians are either licensed or certified to diagnose and treat mental disorders.

Steps to take to insure you’re hiring the right person to help you could include calling a college psychology department for references or asking an employee of a large medical clinic for recommendations. And, of course, check with friends and family.

When you do find someone, ask yourself these questions:

* Do I feel comfortable with this person?

* Has the therapist discussed with you what you expect your outcome to be through therapy? 

Does what the therapist say make sense to you? Does it help you or not?

Going through the proper channels can insure a positive outcome you can feel satisfied with.


A Balm For The Soul

rhythmic-healing-music-therapyThe famous German poet and author, Berthold Auerbach, once remarked “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

How right he was.

Research has shown time and time again that in moments of distress, people will often turn to music when they want their spirits lifted. For centuries it has been a healing balm in helping people cope with tragedy, illness, and debilitating bouts of depression. So, it really is no wonder that medical professionals are turning to alternative means such as music therapy in order to help those who suffer with certain physical and mental illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s.

Music therapy encompasses many areas, but dancing, singing, and listening to music are used on a wider scope than other methods, as they are highly effective in controlling mood swings. This type of therapy is also beneficial for those who suffer with insomnia, as the calming strains of soft music aids in relaxing the mind, which further induces a good night’s sleep. Psychiatrists use a wide range of instruments, such as the flute, violin, and other soothing instruments as a form of classical music therapy to help promote wellness in their patients, but there are many types of music, and each one is used based solely on a patient’s individual need.

In many parts of the world, teachers incorporate music therapy with students who suffer from a wide range of language and communication difficulties, such as Autism. Some activities include:

  • Dancing to recorded music.
  • Circle dancing.
  • Meditation techniques.
  • Songs that involve movements, such as signing motions
  • Instruments (usually general instruments but homemade instruments are also used)
  • Singing.
  • Identifying sounds.
  • Relaxation and coping strategy experiences.
  • Instrument lessons.
  • Sharing and playing instruments with others.
  • Mirroring activities.

Our friend who owns a bounce house company uses music therapy to help the mentally retarded children have two therapies at once:  physical and mental health!

Though oftentimes considered an unconventional method of healing, music therapy is lighting the way for many individuals seeking a safer alternative to medicinal practices as they “wash away the dust of everyday life”.

Healing and Hope




I have been counseling in Orange County for decades.

Over time,  there are more and more addicts,  more and more ADHD kids,  and sadly, an explosion of autism.

The drug problem in Orange County has also exploded in this time period.


My dad was an electrician so my family stills owns the company, even though Dad died 13 years ago.

Both gigs are a pay per client, pay per hour situation.

There is no shortage of business for counselors.