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Identifying Cultural Issues Including Bias in the Counseling Room (Video)

Valerie Proctor Greene, Licensed Psychotherapist and Life Coach at Thriveworks Chesapeake, leads an online workshop titled “Identifying Cultural Issues Including Bias in the Counseling Room.” Below, you’ll find information about Greene, followed by highlights from her presentation: About Valerie Proctor Greene, Licensed Psychotherapist and Life Coach: Greene is passionate about…

Externalizing the problem: A technique used in narrative therapy to help clients separate themselves from their problems

Many of us make our problems out to be much bigger than they are; fortunately, a counseling technique called externalizing the problem can help. Externalizing the problem helps us gain a better perspective: rather than personalizing it, clients in therapy are able to separate themselves from the problem at hand….

Using engagement and encouragement as a therapy technique: A licensed marriage and family therapist walks you through her therapeutic process

It’s important the client feels engaged right away, in that the therapist feels welcomed and receives dedicated care from the get-go. Once the client and counselor have decided they’re a good match, the counselor can help them feel more comfortable by explaining everything they’ll need to know about the first…

Motivational Interviewing: What is it and why is it effective in counseling? What skills are involved?

Motivational interviewing is a method counselors use to help their clients work through their feelings and find the motivation to make desired or necessary changes. This technique is meant to take the pressure off and in turn make for a relaxed dynamic that makes the client feel more comfortable opening…

What is a working alliance in counseling? What does a healthy therapeutic relationship look like?

A working alliance in therapy, otherwise known as the therapeutic relationship, is simply the relationship that exists between the client and his or her therapist. In this alliance, both parties have the same goal: for the client to make improvements and benefit from great change throughout the therapeutic process. It’s…

Is it important to trust your counselor? How do counselors make their clients feel comfortable enough to open up?

A key to finding success in therapy is building a positive relationship with your therapist and feeling comfortable enough to open up to them. Counselors use different techniques to help their clients feel more comfortable in therapy, and in turn, make for a successful therapy journey. First, it helps to…

What does a healthy therapeutic relationship NOT look like? Here are five types of therapists you should avoid

When exploring different options for therapy and therapists, it’s important that you acknowledge the importance of a healthy therapeutic relationship and therefore avoid several types of therapists. The first kind of counselor you should avoid is the Conflict of Interest Therapist: or in other words, a counselor that your close…

Empathic responding (or active listening) in counseling: A basic, yet essential response for counselors to master in their practice

Therapists possess and utilize many skills, but a very important response for them to master in their practice is empathetic responding or active listening. Empathic responding is when the counselor clearly communicates the feeling their client has expressed as well as why they possess those feelings (again, according to the…

What is emotionally focused therapy? Which counseling techniques prove important and beneficial to this form of therapy?

A range of techniques used in emotionally focused therapy help couples (and others) to better understand each other and address issues in their relationship. An emotionally focused therapist, Jennine Estes, identifies her favorite techniques: leaning in, repeating, joint roadmaps, and organization. To make her clients feel more comfortable in opening…

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