The Counseling Treatment Tradition
In the State of New Hampshire, as throughout the United States and Canada, one will find that Counseling Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC. In Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor or LMHC) primarily provide treatments based upon Counseling approaches to ameliorating suffering.
Counselors -counseling psychologists and LCMHCs- assist individuals who are experiencing distress due to a recent event. The aim of treatment is to return the individual, the couple, the family to former levels of functioning by resolving the suffering caused by that event.
The Counseling Psychologist and the Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor directs her attention to interpersonal functioning with especial attention to the more common-place life stressors that arise within those relationships. For example, between employee and his colleague, his supervisor, or his employer, between student and a peer, or a teacher, or between spouses.
A good candidate for the counseling treatment approach are individuals who have experienced a largely successful existence by having adapted resourcefully to daily challenges and conflicts. Yet, this client may find a particular life transition, or a life adjustment overwhelming. School and
career-work concerns, relationship difficulties including marital and family difficulties, learning and skill deficits, stress management, social adjustment, physical disability, terminal illnesses are examples of such life transitions and life adjustments.
Bereavement, including pregnancy miscarriage, vocational changes, quality of life decline due to aging, a medical condition or a catastrophic injury, partner/spouse conflict and the disruption of marriage, and conflicts arising from the intersections of race, gender, class, and culture are examples of struggles that Counselors often see.
Robinson-Wood Applied Psychology provides counseling and psycho-educational services. Counseling tends to be brief, lasting only as long as it takes you to reach your goals and solve your problems, typically 5-20 appointments. The treatment approach of counseling is to develop solutions; problem solving is the focus of counseling therapy. You will receive advice and suggestions during your sessions, which you will be able to use outside of the sessions.
For a more in depth discussion and description of the Counseling treatment tradition and training model . . .