Determining the appropriateness and eligibility will be the first step during the assessment. The assessment may take one to two sessions. During the evaluation you will be asked questions to help determine what the problem is and how to begin to address the problem. If needed psychological tests may be administered. By the end of the evaluation there will be an identification of the problem and treatment approach, If needed a copy of the assessment will be sent to a referring agency or individual or court system.
The client is seen individually with the therapist following the assessment. Treatment goals and progress are discussed. The client receives suggested tools to use to address the identified problems. The treatment approach is individualized for each client. The number of sessions needed to address the problems can be estimated.
The spouses are seen during the same session to address the identified issues. Occasionally, the spouses may be seen individually as well as conjointly depending upon the problems identified and the agreed upon treatment approach. Each marriage is viewed as unique and the treatment approach will be individualized. The number of sessions depends upon the problems identified.
Group counseling is for clients with similar problems to meet together in a group setting. All groups maintain confidentiality. Members learn together how to address their problems. One of the benefits of group couseling is learning from other members as well as the therapist. Groups have an identified number of sessions.
The purpose of family counseling is to address problems with the family. The focus is upon changing the dynamics within the family. Specific tools are taught to the family members to help them achieve a healthier family system.
This counseling is for couples that are not married and want to improve their relationship. Partners are taught specific tools to improve their relationship with each other. Another term for this type of counseling is conjoint counseling
Specific educational glasses are taught to address, specific problems. An example would be classes for individuals who want to learn more about the effects of alcohol or other drugs These are usually for a specified time and offered during certain dates.