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How the Counseling Process Works

Self-understanding and self-awareness combined with behavioral change or, "doing things differently than before," is what behavioral health counseling is about. Counseling helps people increase self-understanding, expand self-awareness, develop the ability to communicate with clarity and then do things differently.

I have done much work with adults-in-transition, teenagers in trouble, issues related to personal identity and family communications, employment, military life, as well as other areas of concern. While counseling is often about learning successful emotional regulation, a variety of terms are used to identify specific situations, such as depression, anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other terms. Good counseling is learning to navigate through these many areas of human experience.

Counseling helps a person . . .

  • develop problem solving skills.
  • develop crisis management skills.
  • develop self-responsibility.
  • develop self-awareness.
  • recognize how emotions and thoughts influence our lives.
  • learn to manage emotions.
  • learn about emotional risk in a safe setting.
  • learn that communication is more than just words.
  • learn to work successfully with others.
  • identify and understand empathy: what others think and feel.
  • learn to make decisions and to accept the consequences.

Counseling Options

  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Court Reports
  • Substance Abuse Assessments

Timeline

The length of time an individual might spend in counseling differs. For example, facing a specific difficulty may take a few sessions while wanting to understand or change a long-term behavior pattern will take longer. The decision making process, however, generally follows a path involving the following steps:

  • Initial Meeting
  • Intake Assessment
  • Treatment Plan Development
  • Counseling Sessions
  • Closing Session


 

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