About Counseling and More and Carrie Elizabeth Lin
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I have 12 years of experience as a counselor for people with a wide range of mental health concerns, and over 15 years of experience in career development. Services are provided in Campbell, CA and online to California residents.
What kind of clients do you work with?
I work with teens and adults who are struggling to find a sense of meaning or purpose in their lives, particularly those dealing with depression, anxiety, or career issues. I also help people with grief and loss, life transitions, and adoption issues. I provide a caring, empathetic, nonjudgmental environment where you can safely explore what you're going through. In addition to traditional approaches that focus on reducing symptoms, I use positive psychology and wellness approaches. In other words, I help you find ways to live a fuller and happier life - not just reduce symptoms
Is counseling confidential?
Yes. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I'm required by law to keep what you tell me confidential. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality, which we will discuss before counseling begins.
How long does counseling last?
It depends on your own unique needs and preferences. Some people come to resolve a relatively straightforward issue (like making a career decision, going through a life transition, or coping with a loss), which might take 6 to 8 sessions. Others may need to spend several months to a year in therapy, in order to look at unhelpful patterns, childhood issues that are impacting the present, or thoughts and feelings they may not be aware of. Still others choose to come to therapy for many years, either to continue the process of personal growth or to maintain their progress.
What are your specialty areas?
One of my specialties is career counseling for teens through retirees. I provide career assessment, job search support, and help with difficulties at work. My other specialties include depression and anxiety. I bring many years of both personal experience and clinical experience to that work. Here's a list of issues I treat:
Life purpose and meaning
Life transitions, such as starting college, getting married, or moving to a new city
Grief and loss
Adjustment to disability
Adults with autism spectrum disorders
Career decision making
Job search support.
Isn't career counseling just taking a bunch of tests?
No. There are some career professionals who use that approach, though they usually don't have formal education in counseling. Although I give tests when it's called for, I make sure you understand the results in a way that helps you grow professionally and make meaningful career decisions. In other words, I don't just tell you what career you should do and send you on your way. Some career counseling clients don't need or want testing at all. They might be having trouble at work, they might be struggling with work/life balance, or they might need help getting unblocked and moving forward on a career goal.
What are your qualifications?
I'm a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. This license is fairly new in California, but it has been in all 49 other states for a long time. LPCCs help people with cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, personal growth, and career issues. The requirements are very similar to those for the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license. They include a Master's degree, thousands of hours of supervised experience, and passing licensing exams. I have worked with a wide range of children, teens, and adults as a personal and career counselor.
Do you take insurance for personal counseling?
I am private pay only. This allows me to see more clients rather than spend time on insurance paperwork and phone calls. To make therapy affordable, I operate on a sliding scale. My full fee for personal counseling is $140, and that rate can be adjusted based on income, frequency of sessions, and other factors.
Counseling and More 155 E. Campbell Ave., Suite 109 Campbell, CA 95008 (408) 466-1283 firstname.lastname@example.org