What to Expect in Individual Counseling.
–The counseling experience can be likened to a car. You are in the driver’s seat of your car (or counseling experience). You have the brake, the gas, and the steering. I get in on the passenger side as a consultant/guide with knowledge, tools, and expertise in helping individuals to get from Point A to Point B. Ultimately, you make the decisions about where you want to go, how you want to get there, and how fast. Therapy will progress as quickly as you want it to, or as slowly as you need it to. And, there is more than one way to get from Point A to Point B.
–You are the expert in your life. Your right to make choices for yourself is always respected. Together we will identify your goals for counseling.I will review and assess your history, current conditions, future goals, and plan a treatment strategy to help you to achieve those goals in a way that is most suited to you. This information will always be shared with you. You can ask, and all information will be given to you regarding your treatment.
–Recommendations are given for things that you can do between sessions to make progress on your goals. However, you decide what is right for you. I will take into consideration what works as well as what does not work for you. Each client is different, and therapy will be different for each individual throughout the process. I am interested in your feedback regarding what works best for you.
–Building a good working relationship in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance is vital to the counseling process. And, finding a counselor that you feel comfortable with is the first goal. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to help you select the right counselor to suit your needs.
–Your time is valuable. Expect your counseling appoints to begin on time or early 99% of the time.