Technically speaking, when I am your counselor it means I am your advisor. It involves both of us working together to solve a problem. For example, deciding how pursuing a career or job change would impact your life, help with parenting a child incident, financial planning, managing a relationship conflict and spiritual guidance are all types of counseling.
Counseling is a collaborative effort between me and you. I help you identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.
In the context of mental health, counseling is generally used to denote a relatively brief experience that is focused primarily on behavior. We often target a particular symptom or problematic situation you are experiencing and offer suggestions and advice for dealing with it.
In this setting, I offer you guidance, objectivity and support as you figure out ways to better manage life and adjust to change or adversity. Counseling can be for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Psychotherapy is generally a longer-term treatment, although it may not be months or years, that focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. In psychotherapy we focus on your thought processes, and how these may be influenced by past events and current circumstances, and impact problems in the present. In psychotherapy we address the root cause and core issues of current problems so that lasting change and personal growth may occur.
Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety.
I often implement Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is an action-oriented approach that stems from traditional behavior therapy. Using ACT you will learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations. This means you are having a normal reaction! With this understanding, you begin to accept your issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in your behavior.
I don’t think a single approach fits everyone. Other examples of psychotherapies that I implement include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Client-Centered Therapy, Positive Psychology and Strenght Based Therapy.
Reasons for Counseling & Psychotherapy
Stress & Anxiety
Attention & Concentration
Job Loss or Change
Isolation & Loneliness
Focus on present problems and situations
Specific situations or behaviors
Short term therapy (for a period of weeks and up to 6 months)
Action and behavior focused
Guidance, support, and education to help people identify and find their own solutions to current problems
Focus on chronic or recurrent problems
Overall patterns, big picture oriented
Long term therapy, either continuous or intermittent over many years
Feeling and experience focused
May include testing (such as personality, intelligence), talk therapy, other therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy
In-depth focus on internal thoughts/feelings (core issues) leading to personal growth
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