What Is A Counseling Session Like?
What to Expect
In our first session, I will spend our time briefly going over the paperwork with a goal of understanding what brought you to counseling. We will discuss your goals for counseling, and my hope is that you leave our first session feeling hopeful and encouraged. Please do not feel as though you have to share your entire history with me in our first session. I understand that trust takes time, and I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the counseling process and hopefully ease any anxiety you might have about counseling. My desire is to create a safe environment that's specific to your needs as a client. When working with children and adolescents, I have found using creative methods such as play, drawing/painting, listening to music, and movement help them understand themselves better and communicate their story.
The initial assessment appointment is 60 minutes in length. All remaining counseling sessions are 50 minutes in length.
My Counseling Approach
My approach to counseling blends Biblical principles within the framework of strength-based solution-focused therapy. Methods I use in therapy include coaching, teaching, modeling, encouraging, and challenging. Among the techniques used in therapy are questions, scaling, experiential exercises, stories, art & music, family exploration, reframing, exceptions, miracle questions, and focusing on patterns.
How Counseling Works
I believe that people grow and change through awareness. I will invite you to explore your feelings and take more responsibility in your life of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships and combinations of these focal areas. I believe that the people who become my clients are experts on their own lives. Therefore, all goals are collaborative. We will form and work toward steps to reach counseling goals together, as a team. Although I have counseling expertise, I cannot and will not force anyone to change.