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  • Interventions and strategies to help people develop more satisfying lives. Generally regarded as a process, professional counseling serves individuals, groups, couples, and families with a wide range of functions and addresses internal concerns, relationship difficulties, personal growth, educational concerns, stress management, career development, substance abuse, adjustment difficulties, life transitions, wellness, and pathology. Professional counseling's hallmark is the helping relationship.

    There are many specialties within the field of counseling, including mental health counselors, school counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and marriage and family counselors, to name a few. The profession's governing body is the American Counseling Association.

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