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4 Signs You Should Get Counseling

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Look at these four signs that you should look into counseling.

Counseling is a great treatment that can solve a lot of life’s problems. It has a great deal of research backing up its effectiveness. But not everyone knows when they should seek counseling. How bad should your condition get before you seek professional help? The idea is that the sooner you seek help, the better. This seems obvious, but there are plenty of people who wait and let their problems begin to consume them. To help, look at these four signs that you should look into counseling.


How To Open Up In Therapy

Friday, September 21st, 2018


You have to work at it in order for therapy to work for you. With these five tips, you’ll find yourself opening up to your therapist.

When starting out on your therapy journey, you might feel unsure of what to expect. Maybe you’ve already started going to therapy, but you don’t feel that you are opening up very much. Therapy is a place for you to come and say whatever you need to get off of your chest. If you’re not talking, you’re not helping yourself. You have to work at it in order for therapy to work for you. With these five tips, you’ll find yourself opening up to your therapist. (more…)

The Pros and Cons of Seeing the Same Therapist as Your Friend or Family Member

Friday, May 18th, 2018

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If you’re considering referring your therapist to your friend or family member, first weigh the pros and cons.

If you’re considering seeing the same therapist as your friend or relative, you might have a few questions as to how that could work out. When it comes to other medical practices, it’s easy to refer an internist or dentist to a friend or relative who is looking for someone they can trust. Therapists, however, provide a very intimate service for their clients. If you’re considering referring the same therapist to your friend or family member, first weigh the pros and cons. (more…)

What are Anxiety Disorders?

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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While anxiety is a part of life, anxiety disorders can be crippling if not dealt with properly.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in many different situations. From alerts you to possible danger to helping you focus on something important, anxiety is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong. But anxiety disorders differ from the normal anxiety feelings others may experience. But how do these disorders differ from the usual reactions? Let’s take a look at anxiety disorders and how they can be treated. (more…)

Coping with Grief and Loss: How Grief Counseling Can Help

Friday, July 29th, 2016

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Grief is a complicated process and can be helped with grief counseling and support.

Losing someone or something you love is one of the most painful experiencing in the world. It can bring on a myriad of different emotions and at times these emotions may feel like they will never lessen. These emotions are a normal reaction to a significant loss. But while you are drowning in a misty of emotional pain and anguish, there are some healthy ways you can cope. Let’s take a moment to discuss the grieving process and how grief counseling can help you restore some order to your emotions. (more…)

Tips for Successful Marriage Counseling

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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Marriage counseling will give you and your partner somewhere you can talk about all of your problems without judgement.

“Till death do us part” is a phrase that is repeated in many marriage ceremonies around the world. But what happens when your marriage feels like it is crumbling when it just started? Before calling it quits and filing for divorce, why not consider a marriage counseling session? During a marriage counseling session, you and your partner will be able to sit down and talk about your feelings, thoughts, and grievances in a safe space with a therapist to help you. But these sessions aren’t that easy, for a successful counseling session there are some things you need to keep in mind. Let’s take a look at some tips for successful marriage counseling. (more…)

Teen Substance Abuse Counseling

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

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Teen substance abuse can take a lot of forms. Do you know what to look for?

Substance abuse is classified as the use and abuse of substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs. This abuse may begin in childhood, during the teen years, or in adulthood but is extremely popular in pre-teens and teens age 12 and up. Teenagers are full of rebellion and a need to fit in with their peers. This peer pressure means they are more likely to use and abuse these substances. So what do you do when you think your teenage has a substance abuse problem? There are some symptoms of substance abuse every parent should be aware of. (more…)

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.


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What is Mental Illness?

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Mental-IllnessMental illness is a term that is used frequently in our society. But many of us who use it loosely are unaware of what it really means.  Sometimes we can use it in a way that stigmatizes those seeking help. To instead help those suffering from a mental illness and seeking help, it might help us all to better understand the term.


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.
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