Counseling ServicesTypes of counseling services at LifePaths Counseling Center.
Counseling Services at LifePaths Counseling Center
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or even hopeless because of a problem you are facing in life, our counseling services can help. We are dedicated to helping you find solutions to challenges in life.
Our counseling services include work with couples, as well as men and women of all ages, teens and children. We specialize in relationship issues, self-esteem, postpartum depression, and trauma.
Getting yourself to start working with a counselor can sometimes be very difficult. Once you take that step, you want a counselor that you can trust.
Our counselors are chosen for their commitment to be the best they can be. The way we do this is by:
- Maintaining our skills
- Utilizing therapies that are solution-focused and have evidence that they work (evidence-based)
- Using strategies that fit what you need
► We are skilled in evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, and EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). As a result, you receive the best counseling services possible.
Your counselor may use assessment tools related to measuring progress in therapy, or related to a specific issue you are dealing with.
► We feel it is important to check in with you periodically to make sure you are getting what you need while working with our counseling center. As a result, your counselor may ask for feedback related to your goals in therapy, or whether you feel you are making progress. This is another way you receive the best counseling services possible.
Types of Counseling Services and Mental Health Issues We Help With at LifePaths
You can find more information about the following issues and types of therapy by clicking on the topic.
Ethical Practices in Providing Counseling Services
Each of us follows the ethical practices adopted in Colorado through the Department of Regulatory Agencies. We also follow the more extensive ethical practices of our professional association, the American Counseling Association. As a result, these ethical practices guide us in the areas of confidentiality and protecting our clients’ best interests. We want to bring you the best value possible in your work with us. Most of all, we are proud to say that each of us hold ourselves to an extremely high ethical standard in the work we do.
What is Evidence-Based Therapy?
An evidence-based therapy is one that is backed by research. Also, it is recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a therapy that works. Because we maintain skills in these therapies, it means that you get the most effective forms of treatment counselors provide. We use the techniques that are appropriate for what you need help with. Also, we make sure that the strategy we choose is a good fit for you as a person.
A summary of some of the evidence-based therapies we provide are listed below:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
People work on many issues with a counselor using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, some of these are:
- Relationship problems
- Stress Management
One of the main goals with this type of therapy is to identify thoughts that are not helpful, or self-defeating, and change those thoughts to healthy ones.
A part of this work is to identify core beliefs that are driving those unhelpful thoughts, and examine those beliefs. Very often these beliefs are distorted. Yes, sometimes we really do have deeply held beliefs that don’t make sense! It can be easier to do this when you have a therapist helping you. When a person changes these beliefs, it can lead to increased well-being and a more positive outlook on life. We have a handout we give clients here on the website called “Cognitive Distortions” which is designed to help a person identify thought patterns that are creating problems. This is a significant part of CBT work.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
The name of this type of therapy makes the goal pretty obvious, you are trying to quickly find solutions to problems. Essentially, the therapist uses tools to shift a person’s perspective about the problem. It is also a positive, strengths-based type of therapy that helps people to see the things they are already doing to cope and solve problems in life.
Too often, people don’t see their own strengths! When you work with our therapists, we make it a point to emphasize the strengths you already have. Then, you can use those strengths even more to help yourself.
One of the reasons we use this type of therapy is that it can speed up the process of working with a therapist. As much as we enjoy our work, we know that the best therapists are always “working their way out of a job,” so that you don’t feel the need to keep coming back.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Three of us are trained in EMDR, which is primarily used to treat trauma and associated problems such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It can also be adjusted slightly to be used for other problems such as weight loss. You can find more detailed information about EMDR at the website for the EMDR International Association.
This type of therapy is focused on reprocessing a traumatic experience in a way that encourages a person to change their perspective and/or core beliefs that have developed as a result of the traumatic experience, or existing beliefs that were worsened by the experience.
It’s important to work with a therapist who is trained to use EMDR, because there is a very strict protocol to how an EMDR session is conducted.