Each person will want and need something slightly different from their counseling process. Some may prefer only a few sessions focused on support and developing concrete skills for managing their secondary trauma or stress from parenting their adoptive or foster child. Others will want to spend time looking more deeply into past issues and traumas.
If you want to spend time in counseling digging a little deeper, here’s a general idea of what counseling is like. Each session, I follow your lead. Sometimes people arrive wanting to discuss something that happened to them since our last session or an insight they had about the issues they are working on. Other times, the discussion flows naturally and organically based on what is going on in the moment. My role in our work together is to provide a place for you to sort through your difficulties, be supported as you figure out new ways to look at things, and, ultimately, experience relief, growth, and healing.
Once you reach your counseling goals, it becomes time to begin discussing if or when it might be time to end our work together. Some people are ready for a break or want to reduce the frequency of sessions, and others may wish to stay and work on other issues. In a broad sense, my hope is to help people get to a point where counseling is no longer needed on a regular basis, yet is always an option for extra help.