Your counselor employs an eclectic model, which means several different methods are used or combined to aid you in your personal growth journey. Among these approaches are techniques associated with Adlerian Therapy, Reality Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. Your counselor has had appropriate training in all of the methods utilized.
Since each client is unique and presents a different challenge or issue(s) to address, an individualized approach is designed to meet your specific need(s). Techniques such as contracts, journaling, or bibliotherapy may be used. You may be asked to complete assignments and to examine your thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors both during and between counseling sessions. Your willingness to do so will, to a great extent, determine your progress and outcome. We will periodically evaluate the course of your treatment.
Personal growth generally requires change in one or more areas of life. At different times and levels, experiencing that change might be stimulating, challenging, frustrating, or painful for a client. Your counselor is trained to recognize and help you through these feelings as you encounter them.
The relationship between a counselor and a client is unique. During counseling sessions many psychologically intimate thoughts and feelings may be shared. Because of their supportive and nurturing roles, counselors are sometimes viewed by clients as friends. Please remember, however, that your counselor must maintain a professional, rather than social relationship with you. This is to ensure that your best interests are served, which would be difficult if a dual relationship were established.