What we Do in Counseling SEssions

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  Play Therapy  Narrative Therapy  Creative Therapies  Mindfulness  Attachment Approach  Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics  Biofeedback

FIRST SESSION

The Initial session will orient you as to what you should expect in counseling. It involves gaining an in-depth understanding of what brought you to counseling. The first few sessions are also important for establishing rapport and setting some preliminary goals.

  • We will review the counseling process, our disclosure, and any questions you may have about this process
  • Together, we will decide on the frequency and duration of your following sessions and create an initial plan for counseling/therapy services. 
  • If counseling is for a child or adolescent under the age of 18, the first session will be with the PARENT(s) ONLY.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THERAPY

Therapy is a voluntary and collaborative process.  It requires that you are actively involved and willing to set specific goals and work toward them.  As a part of the therapeutic process, your role is to communicate honestly, keep appointments, and participate in agreed-upon homework or exercises.  As the counselor, my role is to communicate honestly with you, listen to you, accept you unconditionally, and provide you my professional expertise as we work together.

 

Clinical and relational

During sessions, you will notice a careful balance of the CLINICAL and the RELATIONAL as we work with you:

CLINICAL:  In the field of psychology and mental health there is a significant amount of research and science involving the brain, the emotions, and psychological problems.   You will work with a Master’s Level, Professionally Licensed provider committed to on-going education, study and training. 

RELATIONAL: We all have biological, environmental, social, and cultural factors which influence our mental health.  We will seek to listen to your story and understand your experience.  Our work together is a partnership. We will join you on your journey so that you are not alone in your struggles.  

types of clinical approaches or therapies that may be part of your sessions

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

This is an evidenced-based approach and has the potential to be more short-term.  Conversations involve solving problems by exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  Often there are concepts to learn and homework activities to build skills

 

Play Therapy

Used with younger children ages 5-9, this approach is developmentally informed and evidenced based.  Children's Play can be an important form of communication and processing of emotion.  The process is child-directed and the counselor utilizes purposeful interactions to connect with the client and facilitate therapeutic growth.

 

Narrative Therapy 

This approach is collaborative and compassionate.  Voice and power are the goals through the discovery and telling of your own story. 

 

Creative Therapies 

Session could involve the use of art, literature, music, nature, and animals.  The addition of these creative and expressive tools can build insight and empathy as you engage the senses and create new patterns in the brain and body.

 

Mindfulness-based interventions

Mindfulness has to do with awareness of your own body, mind, and emotions.  Skills in becoming aware can lead to more control over your own biology.  Mindfulness has shown to be effective in improving emotion regulation, emotional flexibility, and interpersonal empathy.

 

Attachment Counseling 

Attachment is a relationship theory involving secure and insecure attachment patterns.  Identifying undesirable patterns of attachment can lead to building better relationships and healthier parenting.

In children and adolescents many behaviors can be understood by exploring connections and injuries to attachment figures.  One goal of counseling younger ages is to increase healthy attachment patterns between children and their caregivers.

 

Trauma informed interventions

Use of an evidence based model, informed by human development and neurobiology.  When working with children and adolescents, the counselor and caregivers can understand problems and plan treatment strategies with cutting-edge research on brain processes.

 

Biofeedback (heart-rate)

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