The purpose of the initial counseling session is for the therapist to develop a clear understanding of the clients counseling needs.
The therapist asks questions related to the clients present situation, and relevant experiences from their past.
A treatment plan is formulated in collaboration with the client, and specific treatment interventions are suggested to help the client achieve their goals.
The main phase of treatment can include processing feelings, examining belief systems and thinking patterns, engaging in therapeutic exercises, strengthening positive behaviors, and weakening negative ones.
The therapist’s role is to provide a safe environment in which the client can openly disclose their deepest feelings, and examine their most significant experiences.
If there is a commitment to growth and change, then there can be healing, recovery, reconciliation, and the development of healthier ways of living.