Theoretical Approach To Psychotherapy

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Counseling and Therapeutic Approaches Theoretical Approach to Psychotherapy My theoretical approach to counseling is based on a belief that our childhood directly affects how we develop. I often wonder as adults, where our personal beliefs, values, and thoughts stem from. My theory is that these thoughts and beliefs originate from our childhood memories and experiences that we have learned at a young age. My theory relates to behaviors as well, in that what we do, and how we act are a representation of how our childhood has affected our development. I have experience working at an alternative school in Bethlehem with children aged 12-18. Some of them had aggressive behaviors, lack of communication skills, and low self-esteem. These same children …show more content…
Small change is important. The problem needs to be addressed first in order to determine what needs to come next. The goals of counseling should be to first and foremost get to know the client and begin to build a relationships with the client. One a relationship is started, a gaining of trust starts to form between the client and counselor. One trust is built we can discuss and identify the problem. After identifying the problem we can then try and understand what factors contribute to the problem. What prompts certain thoughts, behaviors, and actions that contribute to the problem that is being dealt …show more content…
Listening will give me the opportunity to try and understand what they are going through, and hear them out. In therapy I would want to also know about my clients past. Family history, where they grew up, what their life was and is like, and what kinds of relationships they currently have. As the counselor I must be present and dedicate my time to that individual. Observing the client during discussion can help me to see what topics discussed bring about certain reactions and emotions within the client. I would give my client a journal to write in, to be able to process and write down what is going on in their head, and what factors in their day to day lives are contributing to the problem. Change begins from within. These tasks help to promote change because the individual being helped is now thinking about the problem and that is the first step to change, realizing that there is a problem that needs help. Learning about one’s actions and behaviors can also help them change those behaviors to better themselves. Building trust between client and counselor helps to promote change because now this individual is trusting someone else with their thoughts and emotions. By becoming vulnerable to someone they don’t know well, they are showing they want to

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