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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.

People seek counseling for many reasons.  Here are just a few...

  • Achievement of certain goals

  • Gaining insights into certain life concerns

  • Improvement of relationship skills

  • Learning ways to experience more control over certain life areas

  • Parenting improvements

  • Child and adolescent emotional, behavioral and relationship concerns

Play Therapy
Child Centered 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.
 

In 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 responsibility.

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 and outcome.

Some helpful links...

www.talkingcure.com

www.talktherapynetwork.com

www.counseling.org

www.wellcoach.com

www.nbcc.com 

www.emofree.com

 

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