My Approach to Counseling
I use a range of theoretical orientations, strategies, and techniques with my clients throughout treatment. Treatment is individually tailored to fit the client's needs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy assists clients with identifying thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to initiate change. Client-centered Therapy allows the client to direct the session with the counselor. The counselor provides unconditional positive regard, understanding, and empathy towards the client. Solution-focused Brief Therapy is short-term therapy in which the client and counselor work together to find solutions and achieve goals, rather than focus on problems.
Counseling is a collaborative effort in which the counselor and client work together to achieve the goals determined by the client. This is done by focusing on the client's strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences. I believe that it may be necessary to use different theories and strategies to meet the client’s individual needs. The therapeutic relationship that is built between the counselor and client heavily influences the progress that the client will make in treatment, which is why I place special importance upon building this relationship. I have worked extensively with clients who have experienced trauma. Most of us have experienced some form of trauma in our lifetime and counselors need to be competent when working on trauma with clients.
Supervision for LPC Candidates
I received my LPC license July 25th, 2014. I felt so grateful to have made it through the licensing/supervision process. I have been an LPC Approved Supervisor with the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health since November 7th, 2017.
I want to help guide LPC Candidates through the process of supervision. The process of supervision can be overwhelming, especially at the very beginning. Candidates need a supervisor who is knowledgeable about the LPC Acts & Regs as well as theories of counseling, techniques and strategies. Candidates need to feel supported by licensing supervisors. If a candidate has a supervisor who is not informed, it can result in additional time under supervision and even a loss of hours. This can ultimately delay the ability to apply for jobs and effect income. My job as a licensing supervisor is to help candidates stay on track with requirements, provide quality care to clients, and assist in professional development. I will be offering LPC Supervision again soon!