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Associated Behavioral and Trauma Specialties, LLC

The idea of going to counseling can be stressful.  Some believe counseling is for people who are severely disturbed or have strange problems.  Counseling is for everyone as we all experiences stress, family and relationship problems as well as confusion while making decisions.   

 

Contrary to common belief, counseling is not only used when the individual is going through emotional distress but also as a preventive measure to assure that a problem does not get out of control.  Some people choose to seek counseling to resolve a specific issue such as personal problems, difficulties at work, professional struggles or simply to anticipate future struggles.  Talking to a loved one about our problems can offer support and advice, yet the individual will be biased  because of our relationship with them.   They will typically try to comfort us and offer a solution to our problem.  A counselor's reponsibility is not to give advice but provide the necessary tools to be able to independently resolve the current issue and future problems.

 

Counseling is the collaborative process in which a clinician provides treatment to an individual.  The goal of counseling is to help the person reach emotional stability and resolve the issues for which they  decided to seek professional help.  The treatment intensity will vary for every individual.  Some clients may require weekly visits where others may only need to meet with the counselor once a month.  Counseling is established through treatment planning which sets specific goals and objectives aimed to conclude the individual's issues.   

Individual Counseling

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Personal experiences, relationship issues, work related issues, career problems among other issues vary from individual to individual. What may be stressful to one person may not be an issue for another.  Individual counseling is often sought when a particular issue becomes problematic to the point that it begins affecting our day to day life and even our functioning.    

 

Individual counseling is not only appropriate when something is wrong.  Many take a proactive approach and chose to begin the counseling relationship in anticipation of an upcoming event.  Sometimes, we do not feel comfortable speaking about our issues due to fear of being judged or even the fear of finding out the mere roots of our troubles.  Before the counseling process begins, the individual receives an Evaluation for Services in order to determine the treatment recommended.  The services are voluntary; therefore, the individual may decide to continue or withdraw from treatment once the evaluation is completed.

Couples Counseling

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Choosing a partner is probably one of the most life changing and difficult decisions we will ever make.  We meet an infinite number of people in our lifetime, yet we choose that special person to share our life with.  We don't normally begin a relationship thinking “Looks like he would be a perfect first husband”.  We initiate a formal relationship once we feel secure and in fact certain that that person is the right one for us.  Nonetheless, there is a moment when the novelty fades away and the weight of a routine begins to make us feel like we grow apart from each other.  

Common reasons why couples seek counseling

 

  • Unable to resolve problems

  • Communication is mostly negative

  • Feeling like roommates

  • Talks about divorce

  • Staying together for the children

  • Have different lifestyles

  • Sexual issues

 

 

Family Counseling

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Family issues are sometimes difficult to discuss.  We normally do not want to share our personal matters with others and it can be very intimidating to admit them; nonetheless, our family problems may eventually develop into more serious problems.  At times talking about our issues with our family members result in conflict and the problems may not be resolved.  Family therapy is aimed to strengthen the relationship between the family members, empower their ability to resolve their own problems independently and resolve existing issues that have not been successfully resolved.