Integrative Approach To Counseling

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My Integrative Approach to Counseling
Existential therapy is a philosophical approach to therapy that focuses on the meaning of our existence and the basic premise that we are what we choose to be. It is an approach that focuses on inner conflict within a person based on the four givens (death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness) (Corey, 2016). The existential tradition seeks an overall balance between limited dimensions and one’s opportunities in life. The limitations are the four givens and the possibilities are your creation of your own life. The current focus of the existential approach is on the individual’s experience of being in the world alone and facing the anxiety of this isolation, as stated in our textbook (Corey, 2016). My
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I want to be able to understand and actively listen to the concerns that my clients are having now in the present moment. I want to build the relationship, dig deeper, and help create the changes my clients want to see within their own lives. As a person-centered therapist one can guide the client toward increased awareness, spontaneity, trust in self, and innerdirectedness (Corey, 2016). As a client centered counselor, you are providing them with empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruency. This leads to further trust and a better collaborative relationship for this process. The most important aspect is to actively listen and understand the client’s story and then move to the techniques that will fit best for what they need in that moment. Using techniques, such as paraphrasing, reflecting of feelings, and reflection of content can be a very important aspect of this type of counseling, especially in the initial sessions with a new client. I believe these techniques are very important to build the relationship because that is the foundation of therapy for me. I believe techniques are the secondary portion to facilitate the changes our clients want to see, but we need both a collaborative relationship and appropriate evidence based techniques to succeed as a …show more content…
As human beings, we are both the product and the producer of our own environment (Corey, 2016). I personally identify with the newer behavior therapy that have branched out and flourished in recent years, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In this section, I will be talking about this specific behavioral therapy approach because DBT is my favorite type. Incorporating behavioral techniques, such as DBT would also be essential for me as a therapist to get to the feelings and behaviors of the client(s). Looking at many aspects of the client’s worldview is very important to understand the client fully. So, using all three of these approaches leads to my own unique integrative approach to counseling. Psychotherapy integration is best characterized by attempts to look beyond and across the confines of single-school approach to see what can be learned from other approaches (Corey, 2016). By using 2 or 3 approaches one can aim for the best treatments for one’s clients. It is important to remain flexible, but also to be able to explain your reasoning for using one approach over another. By integrating my approach, I am being adaptive and open for changes within myself too. In my sessions, I will be teaching my clients the skills to help them cope with their anxiety and stress in their own lives. I believe I am immensely creating long lasting positive changes for