What is individual counseling?
Individual counseling involves only two people, the counselor, and the client. Sessions last from 30 minutes up to an hour. Therapy sessions involve developing ways to reach individualized goals to solve individualized problems. Much of the time, therapy goals are centered around decreasing a target symptom, such as anxiety, sadness, anger, irritability, mania, aggression, hallucinations, and/or delusions. However, therapy goals can be centered around anything the client would like to work on. Counseling is about the client, not the therapist. I view people as experts on themselves. They have the answers but may need a little help drawing them out.
What does the counselor do?
The counselor is responsible for creating a confidential, calm environment to help the client feel safe and comfortable so they can work together to meet the client’s specific, individual goals. A Counselor can act as an educator, mediator, listener, and mirror that helps provide perspective at any given point during a session. All therapists have different personalities and different backgrounds, so every therapist has a different way of interacting with their clients. Don’t let that scare you. Therapists have an intention to be helpful and compassionate to provide the assistance they need.
What are the client’s responsibilities in counseling?
The client is responsible for helping the therapist to understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that the client has when symptoms are present. Clients are responsible for helping the therapist understand the client’s world, history, and system of relationships they live in. Clients are also responsible for completing assignments, practicing newly learned skills, and utilizing their time wisely to improve in their mental health and overall lifestyle. The client needs to be completely honest. For therapy to be the most effective, clients need to take these responsibilities seriously if they want to reach their goals.
What else do I need to know about counseling?
Individual counseling is always unique and individualized to the client. It is important that the client practice techniques that the counselor advises them to use. Participation is extremely important in treatment, otherwise, counseling might be less effective. The counselor is not responsible for your improvement. You are! The counselor is more of a guide that gently and calmly helps you through the confusion and/or scary times of life.
Remember, a counselor does not know you as you know you. The client is always the expert in regards to their experience and life.
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Here are some reasons my clients have come to counseling:
Anxiety about school
Stress at work
Trauma due to how they have been treated
Feelings of shame/guilt
Experiencing a lack of direction
Loss of someone special
Trying to resolve a conflict
Anxiety about medical procedures
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Augusta, GA 30909
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