Counseling has a beginning, middle, and an end. In the beginning stage, the client and the counselor are getting acquainted and building trust. Doing the time, the counselor is assessing the needs to determine how to proceed. Once the Counselor has a good understanding of the client’s needs, they will work together to set goals or therapy.
The middle stage is when the therapy begins. Usually, there is an open discussion about the needs, learning new skills, homework to practice the new skills, and discuss what is and isn’t working to determine what needs to be changed. This stage continues until we find solutions that work.
The end stage of counseling is a time to monitor progress and ensure that things continue to improve until the client decided it is time to end therapy. Some clients come back periodically for follow up and maintenance.
- Individual Counseling Individual Counseling (sometimes called “psychotherapy”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a counselor to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Individuals seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges, childhood trauma, to deal with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and counselor may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
- Couples Counseling Couples counseling is for couples who are in a relationship, married or not. It is often referred to as marriage counseling. The goal is to improve the couples’ relationship. This type of therapy can also help couples decide their future together. Although the focus of couples counseling is on the couple, there are times when the individual psychological issues of one or both parties need to be addressed here! Counseling often includes sessions designed to improve problem-solving, build communication skills, and identify life goals and relationship responsibilities. Other common issues include anger issues infidelity, financial problems, illness, and other life changes. Depending on the level of distress in the relationship, therapy can be short term or over a period of several months.
- Family Counseling Problems in your family can affect all areas of each members’ lives. In family therapy, the counselor talks to everyone in the family to help understand what’s going on. The Counselor asks questions about how each person views the problems when the trouble started, and how the family has been trying to manage things so far. Next, the Counselor works out a treatment plan. The goal is to improve conflicts in a family, not to blame anyone for the issues.The Counselor helps family members communicate better, solve problems, and find new ways to work together. Family therapy can’t always make a situation go away. But it gives family members new ways to get through difficult situations with better coping skills Family Counseling doesn’t have to take a long time. The average is about 12 sessions. How often you and the family members meet and how many sessions you’ll need depends on the specific needs you focus on in therapy.
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