How I Approach Counseling
The relationship between therapist and client is the most important aspect of counseling. Without trust and rapport, treatment is ineffective. in the limited time that i have with my clients, i am fully invested in the interaction and process that takes place in our sessions. therapy is not a "cure" and i do not claim to be able to solve all of the clients issues. I work with my client in a collaborative way to solve problems together. my verbiage is "we", not "you"; as therapy involves us working in unison.
I use cognitive and emotion-focused methods to approach our issues in session. i do not look at the presenting issue through a vacuum - i believe that our past, environment, experiences and way of life play a role in how we respond to stress and challenge.
i provide psychoeducation to empower my client and add more tools to their arsenal. i believe that every person i work with has the strength and resilience to overcome the challenges they face. part of my job is to help that person re-engage in the areas of their life that provide the most support and source of stability. if there has never been support or stability, we work to create that.
uniformed mental health involves a great deal of trauma. as a trauma-focused and trained therapist, i work to establish these building blocks before entering into trauma treatment. i utilize emdr (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy); cpt (cognitive processing therapy); narrative therapy and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to help the client make meaning of their unprocessed trauma. because trauma is stored in the mind and body, i utilize several methods to help this process.
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