Good morning, Professor Krupp, and class,
Counseling models are diverse and varied in order to accommodate the distinctive differences that exist between clients and counselors. Most of the counselors often operate based on a particular theory and school of thought, whether it is strength-based, person-centered, or cognitive behavioral therapy. The counseling model adopted at my agency was cognitive behavioral therapy, which I was quite happy about. During our practice, I have realized that most clinicians often adopt varying approaches depending on their clients’ needs. However, although these approaches vary, their potential effectiveness in treatment depends on the counselor’s ability to build strong therapeutic relationships with his or her clients. In order to achieve the optimum level of success, the counselor should be empathic towards the client, should communicate his or her attitudes clearly, and should possess positive regard for the clients.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) was the main model of counseling at our site. This student found this model comfortable because this model entailed using talk therapy to assist clients in changing how they behave and think in order to address their problems. This model was applied for physical and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. This clinician founded the therapy based on the fact that feelings, actions, and physical sensations are connected and that negative feelings and thoughts tend to be trapped, creating a vicious cycle (Cohen, et al., 2016). The therapy was aimed at helping clients deal with overwhelming issues in their lives in a positive manner by breaking them into small, distinct parts. The counselor managed to handle the client’s current problems without referencing past issues. The client worked to break the issues into distinct portions, making it easy to identify the cause of the condition. The model was adopted on various conditions, including panic disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and schizophrenia, among others (Cohen, et al., 2016). Long-term conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome were also addressed using this model. I realized that the model that can change how people think and react to issues has the biggest effect on their healing process.
Cohen, J. A., Mannarino, A. P., Jankowski, K., Rosenberg, S., Kodya, S., & Wolford, G. L. (2016). A randomized implementation study of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for adjudicated teens in residential treatment facilities. Child maltreatment, 21(2), 156-167. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077559515624775.
I like CBT a lot and glad you are getting effective training with it. You said you like it with depression and anxiety issues? What techniques within this theory have you used that have worked well with with these client issues? What other approaches do you use in conjunction with CBT?
Last week had you look at what happens when clients evoke feelings. How do you handle situations like this, where does your support come from and overall what has your supervision experience been like. What is one thing you have learned from this week questions that you will start using in your work with clients after process in these areas?