Within our heart lives the spark of divinity, the essence of our Being.
This inner reality is the source of positive energy, knows truth and is love.
To hold a connection with this place is life’s challenge.
~ Deni Weber ~
What is the philosophy underlying the Counseling profession?
The following is the philosophy underlying the counseling profession:
- • Counselors have adopted the wellness model of mental health as their perspective. This approach emphasizes people maximizing their potential with the goal being the achievement of positive mental health to the best degree possible.
- • Counselors believe that many mental health issues can be understood within a developmental perspective. Rather than being pathological, life’s problems are normal and natural when seen through the perspective of human growth and development.
- • Counselors believe that prevention and early intervention are superior to waiting until a problem has reached serious levels and require remediation. By providing services when one begins to experience distressing life events can help to prevent problems from escalating.
- • The primary goal of counseling is to empower clients to problem-solve on their own and to communicate the belief that clients are capable of developing the skills needed for wellness and independent living.
Humanistic based counseling believes that our true nature lies beyond our thoughts, desires, and actions and that every person enjoys giving and receiving from the heart. Rather than diagnosing, counseling views individuals at various places on the spectrum of human growth and development in terms of psychological and spiritual growth. Carl Rogers, frames how counseling can heal when he says, “when someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without taking responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good…When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to reperceive my world in a new way and go on”.
Why Seek Counseling?
Anxiety, depression, addiction, phobias and panic attacks are some of those disturbing obstacles. Perhaps we have a history of trauma or are plagued by fears and rage, troubled with distorted thinking and negative beliefs which are the kinds of things that keep us trapped and unable to live life fully. Maybe we seek to find meaning and purpose in life or a greater connection to our self and others. These are the times we can choose to reach out for guidance, support, and someone who can listen. Partnering with a counselor can bring awareness to the mental and emotional adaptations or protections that are no longer needed and help to uncover things that lie hidden in the unconscious in a gentle and mindful way. The resolution that counseling work brings is like receiving mental, emotional and spiritual nourishment. You may find yourself available to things you were once shut down to. In addition, you may find access to your hidden potential and the ability to love more fully. All the answers and solutions lie within you. Change is a choice that only you can make.