The Beginning Counselor's Survival Guide

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After earning her M.A. in Counseling through Dallas Baptist University in 2009, Stephanie interned under Dr. Carol Doss at the Family Counseling Center in Fort Worth. She counts among her greatest professional achievements the opportunity to blog for the American Counseling Association, being named on the 2011 "Not Most People" list by author David P. Diana and having the privilege of running the Beginning Counselor social networking website. (
In 2011 she relocated to College Station, TX, and started her own e-therapy business, Beginnings Counseling & Consulting, at In addition to her online counseling and beginning counselor coaching, Stephanie develops continuing education courses for and provides online therapy on a contract basis for other e-counseling sites. This is her first book.

Having earned a Ph.D. in counseling, Carol works at a community agency as the Clinical Director and carries a caseload of her own clients. She is currently supervising several counselors working toward achieving licensure as Professional Counselors. She also writes a weekly advice column for the counseling center's website,, addressing a wide variety of topics relating to human relationships.
Married since 1978 to another therapist, Carol has two adult daughters. In 2010, her book, Should I Leave Him? was published by Adams Media, ISBN 978-1598699692.
Carol shares this about her life: "All my significant personal endeavors-grad school, marriage, parenting and writing-have taught me that perseverance and hard work add up to success."

The Beginning Counselor's Survival Guide

The New Counselor's Plan for Success from Practicum to Licensure

Authored by Stephanie Ann Adams LPC
Authored with Dr. Carol R Doss LPC

Have you ever wondered how you can have a graduate degree in counseling and still feel so lost? Do you feel discouraged sometimes about your ability to succeed as a counselor? Then The Beginning Counselor's Survival Guide is the book for you!

In this book, you will learn how to:

Interview a potential counseling site as they are interviewing you.

Develop, step-by-step, your new counselor marketing strategy.

Apply for temporary licensure.

Practice self-care so you can avoid career-ending burnout.

Work with the special needs of particular client groups.

Study for both the NCE and NCMHCE, as well as other tests you might be required to take.

Work productively with a counselor supervisor.

Identify your own unique counseling style.

Plan for the career you want to have after your internship.


"This is truly a ground breaking work for the counseling profession. Stephanie Adams, MA and Carol Doss, PhD leave no stone unturned in this intoxicating book that will leave you inspired and armed to the teeth with resources and information. It should be required reading for every counseling student."
- David P. Diana,

This is the one book that every new mental health professional should pick up as soon as they enter graduate school. The Beginning Counselor's Survival Guide is a road map, a friend, and a security blanket all rolled into one.
- Tamara G. Suttle,

Publication Date:
0615569439 / 9780615569437
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7.5" x 9.25"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Counseling / General

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