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What makes my practice different is that I am a National Board Certified Career Counselor as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. My specialty is called Integrative Career Counseling. Integrative Career Counseling is a more in depth form of Career Counseling because it considers the idea that work and personal issues are often closely tied together. Personal concerns may affect work, and work concerns may affect personal issues. I focus on the whole person and enjoy working with adults who are in various stages of career development from career identification, job search strategies, interviewing techniques, career management, resume issues, getting along with difficult people in the work place, to preparing for retirement.
I have over twenty years of experience in collaborative and integrative career counseling as well as personal cognitive behavioral and solution oriented therapy. I specialize in working with adults who are going through transition and change. My approach is goal oriented and solution-based counseling. I use a collaborative, empathic, integrative and dynamic model. I believe that setting goals, focusing on strengths, developing new skills, effective strategies, and coping mechanisms empower my clients to find the missing piece from their career and personal world.
I am a career changer as well. After graduating college I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America. I was assigned to be Superintendent of Psychology at the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica. When I returned to the United States I obtained a Masters Degree in Education with a specialty in Spanish. After teaching for several years, I returned to school to attain a Masters Degree in Counseling.
Prior to opening my private practice in Bethesda, I was in charge of the counseling program at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling andCareer Center, where I counseled men as well as women, and supervised licensed staff counselors in addition to graduate student interns.
I have traveled, lived and worked with people from all over the world, and I thoroughly enjoy a wide and diverse multicultural clientele. My ideal clients are highly motivated to move forward to accomplish their goals. What distinguishes me from many other counselors is that I am a licensed mental health counselor who also has an expertise in career counseling and coaching; therefore, I am able to work with emotional issues that often accompany career counseling concerns.
- Masters Degree in Counseling: Trinity College
- Masters Degree in Education (Spanish): University of Maryland
- Bachelors Degree in Sociology: Tulane University with one year abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain
Licensing and Certification
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
- National Board Certified Career Counselor
- National Board Certified Counselor
- Myers Briggs Type Inventory Certified
- Myers Briggs Personality Inventory
- SDS Interest Inventory
- Knowdell Career Values
- Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort
- Knowdell Leisure/Retirement Card Sort
I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Career Counselors, the National Board of Certified Counselors, The Maryland Career and Development Association and Licensed Clinical Counselors of Maryland.
My role as a counselor is to help individuals identify and reach career as well as personal goals such as behavioral changes, symptom relief, self-awareness and the enhancement of well-being at work and in daily life. I individualize my approach based on the unique characteristics and needs of each person. I use a person-centered approach to develop a positive relationship with my clients and include elements of reality therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief solution-focused therapy in designing interventions and strategies. When indicated I administer the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory, the SDS Interest Inventory, the Knowdell Career Values Card Sort, The Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort and the Leisure/Retirement Activity Card Sort. My style is conversational, warm, direct, empathic and down to earth.
The process of counseling takes time as well as energy. Counseling often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems and significant reductions in feelings of distress, but there are no guarantees of what you will experience. In order for counseling and/or therapy to be most successful you will have to work on issues and strategies we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a plan to follow. My counseling methods vary according to what I feel is appropriate for your specific issue, and I incorporate cognitive restructuring components and goal setting since they have objective measurements of success. The amount of time my clients spend in a helping or therapeutic relationship with me varies according to the needs of the individual.
For more information, please see my website www.janiceherold.com