Counselors bring relative competences that generate certain characteristics to promote effective communication. Each one has his or her degree of effectiveness, which promotes a unique personal, social, and psychological background. These factors, in turn, interact with the clients being serviced. A belief is that counselors should continue to educate themselves on skills and techniques in effectively generating social support, structural procedures, and interpretive processes. It is our job as counselors to continue to learn about all diversities as it relates to race, culture, or particular group to promote warmth, caring, respect for the individuals serviced. Spending time on improving and providing effective therapeutic and intervention skills is a essential in helping others achieve accomplishable goals.
Supervised therapists and counselor interns are preparing for licensure. It is important for experienced licensed professionals to assist in their journey through guidance and education as they work towards knowing and understanding personal theoretical worldview. The focus on the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee is extremely important as it assists in the growth process to obtain and maintain licensure.
Emotionally Focused Therapeutic Counseling
Emotionally focused therapy focuses proposes that emotions have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted self-experiences. Emotions are connected to our most essential needs. They rapidly alert us to situations important to our advancement. They also prepare and guide us in these important situations to take action towards meeting our needs. Clients undergoing EFT are helped to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotional experiences. The therapeutic approach will assist couples and indiviudals in understanding how to effective communicate with others by understanding how emotions and familial attachments affect negative or positive ways of interactions.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapeutic Counseling
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a clinic based treatment that involves individual sessions with the child and parent as well as joint parent-child sessions. The TF-CBT treatment model is informed by effective interventions for adult PTSD and for non-PTSD child anxiety disorders. The goal of TF-CBT is to address the unique biological, psychological, social needs with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger) related to traumatic life experiences (e.g., sexual abuse, domestic violence).
Tailored program designed to reduce emotions prior to acting by the application of cognitive-behavioral approaches. These strategies include identifing anger as a human emotion and detemining negative and positive aspects of reacting to the emotion. Clients will learn how to identify the event that causes anger, identify the underlying feelings associated with the anger, examine positive and negative consequences to decisions made based on those feelings, and finally exploring alternative solutions to reduce negative reactions to anger. In addition, clients will understand the difference between aggressive and assertive behaviors. This program is available for indivudal, couples, and family counseling. In addition, this is provided during a 10-week session anger management program for court-ordered clients.
Family Systems Counseling
Family therapy, also referred to as family counseling, works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change of interaction between family members by assisting individuals in understnding how outside environmental forces affect behaviors. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyses the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.
Solution focused therapists believe that change is constant. By helping people identify the things that they wish to have changed in their life and also to attend to those things that are currently happening that they wish to continue to have happen, SFBT therapists help their clients to construct a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves. The SFBT therapist then helps the client to identify times in their current life that are closer to this future, and examines what is different on these occasions. By bringing these small successes to their awareness, and helping them to repeat these successful things they do when the problem is not there or less severe, the therapists helps the client move towards the preferred future they have identified.
We have been trained extensively in the application of brief counseling models. Some of our training experiences were in university clinics that utilized session limits. Counselors only had eight sessions to complete the work! This is not a lot of time and at first it was intimidating to work within that structure. Amazingly, though, the session limits were actually quite helpful in a number of cases. Working briefly means working in a focused manner that quickly identifies therapeutic priorities and translates those priorities into action steps aimed at addressing the presenting issue in as little time as possible.
Art and Play Therapy for Families
Art therapy is an effective technique with helping families understand because “it bypasses those censors that families may have inadvertently constured. A family that did not know how to express feelings directly may find a way to do so when given an opportunity to draw or paint” (Klorer, 2006). When family members engage in an art or play-based therapeutic activity, they often express thoughts of feelings that they otherwise may not feel comfortable expressing through traditional family talk therapy. Art and play-based activities can unlock a deeper level of communication.
Play and art therapies differ from traditional “talk therapy” in that they engage emotions in a direct and physical way, generate creative energy as a healing force, and creatively enable clients to express their problems and conflicts (Malochiodi, 2005).
Stress may feel like a constant in your life but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. Learn to take control! Counseling can assist by helping you explore valuable tools to add to your toolbox and develop concrete skills to help you manage your stress. Individual sessions will cover relaxation breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, cognitive restructuring, and more.
Coaching, Consultation, and Psychotherapy
For individuals who are unable to set up home visits, Devoted to Change Gradually, LLC offers video conferencing services. This includes coaching services that assist clients with developing how to cope with life stressors that may cause discomfort in everyday functioning. This is done through educating (psychotherapy) you on understanding that you have the tools and steps needed to lead the life you intend and expect to live. In addition, consultation is offered to those who need insight on ways to effectively.
Distance Credentialed Counseling
Technology-assisted distance counseling for individuals, couples, and groups involves the use of the telephone or the computer to enable counselors and clients to communicate at a distance when circumstances make this approach necessary or convenient.
Career counseling can help you to identify and refine your career interests while helping you meet your career goals. A large part of career counseling is oriented towards examining a combination of personality styles, interests, and skills and how they fit with different career options. The possible benefits? Increased job satisfaction and a better ability to manage the demands of work and family life.