MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING A LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR



MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING A LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

I’ve always been fascinated by the complexities of the human mind and the intricacies of behavior. This curiosity sparked a profound interest in understanding how people think and interact, and it naturally steered me towards a career where I could engage directly with these dynamics. My passion for helping people, combined with my curiosity about mental processes, laid the foundation for my future in counseling and therapy. As I went deeper into the field, my initial curiosity transformed into a passionate commitment. 

My journey to becoming a licensed mental health counselor was marked by milestones like attaining a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in the USA and passing the National Counselor Examination (NCE). Observing firsthand the impact of therapeutic interventions through stints in organizations like Aware.org and The Star Shelter, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the capacity for change that we all possess. These experiences have only deepened my resolve to guide individuals towards healing and self-discovery, providing support, understanding, and strategies to cope with life’s challenges.

As a Therapist, What Can I Do?

As a licensed mental health counselor, I collaborate with clients, helping them view their own behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs with a fresh perspective to evaluate their effectiveness in achieving realistic goals. My role is not to dictate solutions but to guide clients in defining their problems accurately and exploring alternative solutions. Together, we uncover patterns and assess the appropriateness of their choices. With the client’s active participation, we develop skills for better decision-making, conflict resolution, and managing emotions.

How Does Counseling Work?

Counseling is a collaborative process where mental health counselors partner with clients to help them become consciously aware of what they truly desire and find healthier ways to achieve it. Rather than giving advice, what a counselor does is help individuals understand the full scope of their behaviors and the potential outcomes of their decisions. Moreover, our role is to facilitate self-exploration, allowing clients to align their intentions with their actions and evaluate the effectiveness of their desires and strategies. Ultimately, it empowers individuals to make informed choices about adopting new behaviors or refining existing ones to enhance their well-being.

Why Counseling and Mental Health Are Important

As a licensed mental health counselor, I find joy and fulfillment in my work, especially in promoting mental health awareness and destigmatizing the pursuit of help for emotional struggles. I believe that counseling plays a crucial role not only in healing but also in fostering growth and resilience, making it essential for anyone looking to improve their mental well-being and relationship health. Whether I’m providing individual or couple counseling in Singapore, I bring my passion for helping people navigate the complex journeys of their lives. 

Learn more about the impacts of therapy by trying our family counseling and individual counseling services in Singapore. Together, we can work towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.

 

Tammy Fontana

M.S., NCC, CTRT, USA Sex Therapist, Hypnotherapist

Ms. Tammy Fontana brings her expertise to All in the Family Counselling, drawing from years of experience in individual and family therapy. She is a Nationally Certified Counsellor (NCC) in the USA, having passed the US National Counsellor EXAM. With specializations that include working with children and families, Ms. Fontana offers compassionate, tailored counseling services to help individuals and couples learn how to overcome trust issues in their relationships. What’s more, her approach is built on a foundation of clinical training and a dedication to empowering her clients.

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