Have you noticed yourself having difficulty in your everyday life? Things that are usually easy are becoming more difficult? Maybe you are just tired of the same ol same ol, and would like to make some changes in your life. There are many situations that can lead someone to outreaching counseling. Individual counseling is designed to address an individual's needs and goals. Through evidenced based therapies or practices, individuals are able to address their problems or concerns, and begin to make changes. Education is also provided to help the individual understand the process in the moment as well as the next steps on the journey toward reaching their goals. Empowering people to make strides toward taking back control of their life in a more healthy and effective way.
I understand that each individual's situation is unique; therefore, I pride myself in working with the client to identify needs in the moment, goals for the future, and resources available to support them in overcoming obstacles that have gotten in the way.
Examples of Evidenced Based Therapies:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- EMDR (Rapid Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSD)
- Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Exposure Therapy
- Play Therapy
How do I know which approach will work best for me?
There are many therapists who have an eclectic approach, where they specialize in a variety of the treatments listed above. If you are unsure which approach works best for you, it is recommended meeting with a therapist who is able to utilize a variety of approaches to help you learn what works best for you. It is also helpful to provide feedback to the therapist on what is and isn't working so that the treatment can be catered to you.
What is the most effective treatment?
Research has shown that the best indicating factor of success in therapy is the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist. A healthy therapeutic relationship includes the ability for both to be open and honest while addressing difficult topics. As a client you should get the feeling that your therapist is being genuine and authentic as they continue to understand how you feel in the situations you are discussing. Clients who are open to sharing dialog about what seems to be helping and what isn't tend to have the best success. As part of the process, uncomfortable feelings will arise. This allows an opportunity for the therapist to help the client work through and manage the uncomfortable feeling rather than continuing to respond in ways consistent with previous patterns of behavior, which are usually why people are outreaching therapy in the first place.
Since the therapeutic relationship is such a valuable piece in determining outcomes, many therapist offer a free consultation to ensure that the therapist is a good fit both in personality and approach. Therapist will utilized the free consult to help navigate and recommend what approach seems to be the most effective for the clients needs. In the case that therapist is not the best fit, a highly regarded professional, will provide recommendations and information on other therapists who may be a better fit.