INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, and COUPLES COUNSELING
I view the relationship between myself and my clients as a partnership. The therapeutic relationship that develops between us is one of the most important pieces of the counseling process regardless of the treatment approach. I consider us partners on a journey of self discovery in which there will be many paths to explore that may lead to healing and promote positive change.
There are different treatment approaches to counseling/therapy. I tend to incorporate a variety of methods when working with my clients, always adapting them to meet the unique needs of individuals, families, and couples that I work with. Together, we will identify your treatment goals and develop a plan to reach the progress that you desire.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF TREATMENT APPROACHES THAT I MIGHT INCORPORATE IN A COUNSELING SESSION
A HUMANISTIC APPROACH is one that emphasizes the uniqueness of each individual while having a positive view of human nature. The counselor can assist clients to realize their full potential through change and self-directed growth. From this perspective, the client(s) hold the answers to their problems and it focuses on helping them to live more in the present and become more self aware.
Play therapy is often used with children. Sometimes this takes place in the form of games/dolls that are appropriate to the age of the child. This approach is generally for those ages 3-11 and it helps the counselor to identify what the child may be struggling with as well as assist them with the expression of their feelings. It is an effective way for a counselor to understand a child's behavior.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS can assist individuals to express themselves. This approach can be used with children, teens and adults and can be used to treat a wide range of emotional issues. The creative process can be healing and promote personal growth and change.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY is an approach that stresses the importance of how our thinking is related to our feelings and our behavior. This approach is based on the belief that it is our thoughts, not the events/people in our lives that cause our negative feelings. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short period of time with a wide range of issues including anxiety and depression.
A FAMILY SYSTEMS approach is one that views the problems in the family as resulting from the dynamics of the whole family and not specific to the problems/issues experienced by one family member.
An ECLECTIC APPROACH is one that draws upon various aspects of CBT and other approaches to create a custom made approach. The client and counselor create a plan together that encompasses different techniques to best address the client's specific needs.
SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY is an approach that focuses on actively teaching clients skills to improve their relationships while strengthening social skills and communication.
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