Career counseling is a specialized service to assist clients who need or want to make a career decision of some kind. This could be deciding on a college major or graduate program, career field or considering an occupational change. Psychologists with training in career theory assist clients in identifying personal and occupational knowledge using counseling and testing tools to guide the client through a decision making and implementation process.
Although occupational decision making can be emotional, career counseling is not therapy and does not focus on psychological diagnoses or treatment. However, there are times Dr. Stodard is working with a client within a career counseling relationship and becomes aware of psychological factors (i.e. depression, panic attacks) that may be contributing to the identified career problem. In that case, she will present this observation to the client and the client will have the option to incorporate relevant therapy services into his or her plan.