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Archive for October, 2015

Mental Health: Having a Successful Counseling Experience

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Counseling Whether you are struggling through a specific event or trying to manage your mental health on a long term scale, counseling is always a helpful tool. Whether the counseling takes place in a group, with a family, or one-on-one, counseling allows individuals to discuss their mental health problems in a safe and supportive environment. However, for those experiencing counseling on any level for the first time, counseling can seem intimidating and stressful. In order to get the most of your counseling experience for mental health, consider the following tips.

  1. Be open with your therapist. In order for the therapist to help you, they must have a clear and accurate understanding of your life and the mental health issues you are dealing with. They won’t be able to have an understanding of your situation if you lie and hold stuff in because of fear of judgement.
  2. Find the therapist that feels right for you. Don’t feel as though you have to settle with the first counselor you find even if they don’t seem like the right match. Each counselor has a different style and approach, so it may take a few until you find one that works best.
  3. Inquire about homework after each session. These exercises can help further the sessions and can increase the likelihood of success. You can also use the homework as starting points for your future sessions.
  4. Consider keeping a journal to help monitor your progress. When it comes to mental health, progress is something you feel and not necessarily see which can become discouraging. A journal allows you to look back on how you were feeling when you started your sessions and shows you how far you have come.
  5. Write a letter before you enter your first session. Write down why you have sought out counseling, what events have led to this point, and what mental health treatments you have tried in the past. This will help you focus once you enter the room and will give your counselor a solid foundation to begin treatment.


Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps Maryland residents across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and provides interpretation for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To find out about services, visit here. Do you “Follow” and “Like?” Be sure to stay active on our official pages for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest today!



At Family Service Foundation (FSF), a social services organization in Baltimore, Maryland, we are dedicated to providing advocacy and support to individuals with mental and physical disabilities that have recently left inpatient settings. Integration back into the community can be difficult; for that reason, each member of our team works to provide services specifically tailored to each individual and family that we work with. We believe that all individuals can achieve their highest levels of social, physical, and emotional well-being in the community when they have the proper support. FSF specializes in serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also have American Sign Language interpreters on staff at all of our locations for the convenience of our Deaf and hard of hearing clients. For more information about The Family Service Foundation, please visit our website at or give us a call at 301-459-2121.
5301 76th Ave
Landover Hills