Congratulations on taking the first step
towards change! People often wonder about
what to expect from counseling. They are not sure what
to expect of the counselor, themselves, or if the
counselor has any expectations of them. We know that
counseling works because research shows people who
participate in counseling are better off than people who
don’t. This overview was created to help you get the
most out of your experience with Alliance Counseling and
Wellness Coaching, LLC. Our goal is to help you in the
most effective, efficient manner possible.
seek counseling for many reasons. Here are just a
Achievement of certain goals
Gaining insights into certain life concerns
Improvement of relationship skills
Learning ways to experience more control over
certain life areas
adolescent emotional, behavioral and relationship
Play Therapy can be a beautiful and effective way to
help children and works for children as counseling or
psychotherapy does for adults. Child Centered Play
Therapy helps children work through emotional,
psychosocial and behavioral difficulties and helps
address family problems.
Child Centered Play Therapy, a relationship develops
between the child and the therapist. The therapist
enters the child’s world, following the child’s lead,
developing a safe place and a relationship of trust.
Play Therapy sessions are usually held in a playroom
that has a range of carefully selected toys and
materials. In special circumstances, Play Therapy
sessions can also be offered in other settings such as
home and in hospital. In the playroom, the child can
express feelings, thoughts, experiences and behaviors
through play. Toys are used like words and become the
child’s natural language.
In Child Centered Play Therapy the child selects the
toys and activities to play with. The Play Therapist may
join in the play on the child’s direction or invitation.
Limits are set as and when needed. This is done in a way
that helps children make choices and develop self
Play Therapy is designed to help children grow up as
happy and well adjusted as possible.
Client Directed Outcome Informed Counseling Approach
A CDOI approach contains no fixed techniques, invariant
patterns in process, and no causal theory about the concerns
that bring people to counseling. Any interaction with a client
can be CDOI when the client’s voice is privileged and helpers
purposefully form strong partnerships with clients: (1) to
enhance the factors across theories that account for successful
outcome; (2) to use the client’s theory of change to guide
choice of technique; and (3) to inform the work with reliable
and valid measures of the client’s experience of the alliance
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