Personal Counseling Methods

Life is a journey, but more importantly, it’s YOUR journey!

As a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), I combine theatre techniques with therapeutic principles to provide clients with an opportunity for change and personal growth. I often combine select elements from Experiential and Relationship-Oriented Therapies in my drama therapy work; however, each approach is based on a client’s needs and objectives. My core belief as a drama therapist is that life is a journey with many paths. So often these paths include twists and turns the traveler never sees coming. However, it’s our willingness to accept these turns as an opportunity for new direction and hope despite life’s challenges upon its many trails.

The following includes select core beliefs and practices of Experiential and Relationship-Oriented Therapies.  For more information or to schedule a group session, please complete the form located on Contact/Book Workshop.

Experiential and Relationship-Oriented Therapies

I. Existential Therapy

Core Beliefs & Practice:

  • Humans are in a constant transition of evolving and becoming.
  • Clients are searching for meaning in their subjective world.
  • Techniques focus on self-awareness and freedom.
  • Objectives include creation of identity and establishing meaningful relationships.
  • As we work, we accept anxiety as it occurs.
  • I blieve in having respect and faith in client’s potential to grow.
  • Through therapy clients develop greater self-awareness leading to greater possibilities for freedom.
  • Living authentically in the moment is key.
*Reference:  Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

II. Person-Centered Therapy

Core Beliefs & Practice:

  • Humans are trustworthy and positive.
  • Humans are capable of making changes and living productive, effective lives.
  • Humans innately gravitate toward self-actualization.
  • Given the right growth-fostering conditions, individuals strive to move forward and fulfill their creative nature.
  • The incorporation of Expressive Arts and Condition of Creativity promote growth.
    • Creative expression connects us to our feelings, which must be experienced to achieve self-awareness.
    • Individuals explore new facets of the self and uncover insights that transform them, creating wholeness.
    • Discovery of wholeness leads to understanding of how we relate to the outer world.
    • The client’s inner world and outer world become unified.
    • Therapy begins with acceptance of the individual in a non-judgmental setting.
    • Safe, creative environments give clients permission to be authentic and to delve deeply into their experiences.
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
    • Emotional change can be a primary pathway to cognitive and behavioral change.
*Reference:  Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

III. Gestalt Therapy

Core Beliefs & Practice:

  • Spontaneity is a key to living a full life.
  • Focus is placed on an individual’s mind and body as a unit rather than as separate parts.
  • Self-Awareness and awareness of the client’s current environment is necessary to self-regulate appropriately.
  • In the Here-and-Now individuals can focus on their current life state and the present moment rather than worrying about the past or the future.
  • Closure is brought about when needed and changes in life are accepted as they happen.
  • Clients develop self-regulation and the motivation to solve their problems.
*Source: http://www.counsellingconnection.com/index.php/2007/10/16/gestalt-therapy/