Personal Theory Reflection

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This class was beneficial to my future as a social worker. I was able to learn about different therapies I could potentially use when working with clients. When we were first assigned this paper I was a bit conflicted on what my theory was going to be since I felt that all therapies were important. But as we learned a little bit more in depth about how each of them worked I was able to relate to certain ones. The main therapies I’ll be using as a guide for my personal theory paper are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, and Family/Systems Therapy. I will be using different techniques from each of these to come up with my own.
Personal Values Before I speak about my values and how my values have shaped my views of others and self
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People who have anxiety or depression seek therapy to help them cope with these disorders. Then there are others who seek therapy to help them cope with a death, failure, self-esteem issues, and stress. There are many other reasons why people seek therapy, but these are some of the common ones. These types of issues cause the individual to feel overwhelmed and may lead to maladaptive behaviors.
The purpose of therapy is being able to not deal with these types of struggles mentioned above. Helping the individual work with the strengths they have and guide them through the life they want to live. Being able to meet the individual where they are at and help them from there. People struggle with irrational thoughts and let those thoughts overwhelm them negatively. In this situation the purpose of therapy would be helping the individual distinguish those thoughts and correct those misinterpretations. The individual may feel more connected with life and their emotions making them look forward to life instead of dreading it. The relationships with those around you become positive. The individual starts to notice difference in themselves outside of the therapy
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For example, when someone has met the goals that were set up in the initial therapy sessions. The individual starts to notice that they don’t need to be dependent on the therapist anymore to get through daily routines. There will be times where the issue that the client had may not be fixed, but they will have the appropriate tools to get them through. The therapist starts to notice the client is content with life and what the future holds. Another indication to ending therapy would be when the therapist doesn’t have the right skills to help the individual any further. The individual may need to be referred to another counselor who has the right skills to help the individual

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