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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF COUNSELING?

George W. Doherty, M.S., LPC

The decision to enter counseling is a serious one, arrived at after considerable thought. The function of the counselor is to help you resolve problem areas in your life. The counselor listens and tries to understand and be helpful to the fullest extent of his/her professional training. It is the client's responsibility to help the counselor understand his/ her life situation, thoughts, and feelings and to have the courage to try to master problem areas. The counseling relationship is confidential. No information is released without consent.

T R E A T M E N T S E R V I C E S

Clients are expected and encouraged to obtain knowledge of the procedures, goals, and side effects of counseling. Counseling may be tremendously beneficial for some individuals while, at the same time, there are some risks. The risks may include the experience of intense and unwanted feelings, including sadness, anger, fear, guilt or anxiety. It is important to remember that these feelings may be normal and natural and are an important part of the therapy process, Other risks might include:

recalling unpleasant life events

facing unpleasant thoughts and beliefs

increased awareness of feelings, values, experiences, and

alteration of an individual's ability or desire to deal effectively and harmoniously with others in relationships.

Major life decisions are sometimes made, including:

decisions involving separation within families,

development of other types of relationships,

changing employment settings, and

changing lifestyles.

These decisions are a legitimate outcome of the counseling experience as a result of an individual's questioning many of their beliefs and values.

Counseling is provided for individuals, families, groups, and couples. There are no eligibility requirements for counseling. People may refer themselves for counseling, or they may be referred by a Physician, a Minister, a School Principal or Counselor, an Attorney, an employer, friends, or family.

L E N G T H O F C O U N S E L I N G

Counseling does not provide instant answers, but sometimes situational problems can be dealt with in relatively short periods of time. The frequency of your visits should be determined by you and your counselor during the first three counseling sessions. Usually after six or eight sessions, your counselor should discuss your progress and prognosis. The client has the right, at any time, to discontinue counseling, whether or not the counselor agrees with the decision. Termination, however, should always be discussed in a straightforward manner before deciding to discontinue counseling.

1997

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