There are many kinds of counseling. Different types may work better with different clients and with different problems. Sometimes the best course is to blend a few different approaches together. Here are a few of the approaches I use with clients at various times.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): As the name implies, SFBT focuses on solutions rather than the problem. There is also a focus on what the client wants to be different in the future - after the problem is lessened or eliminated. The client's strengths are assessed and highlighted to help the client learn how to solve problems in the future.
Marriage/Couples Counseling: When your relationships are strained it can affect other areas of your life. In couples therapy clients learn to recognize and resolve conflicts to improve their relationship. Couples counseling is usually short-term and involves both parties; however, it can be affective with only one partner participating in counseling. Couples counseling focuses on communication skills, conflict resolution skills, overcoming negative patterns of behavior, understanding your partner's point-of-view, appreciating your differences, and even forgiveness.
Christian/Biblical Counseling: The use of the Bible and Christian principles is integrated with all other types of counseling outlined on this page. While it is not the only technique used, Scripture is used to help deal with relationship conflicts, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and more. In addition, just as a distressed relationship with a significant person can cause problems in other areas of life, so can a distressed relationship between a person and God. This relationship should be repaired in order for a person to be truly satisfied with life.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is based on the idea that a person's irrational thoughts are the basis for their negative behaviors or symptoms of depression, anxiety, etc. While negative behaviors may be a reaction to an event that occurred, the negative behavior actually occurs after a thought about the event occurs. It is the thought about what happened that causes the reaction behavior, but in fact that thought may be untrue, thus, the behavior is inappropriate. CBT focuses on helping clients learn how to recognize these irrational thoughts and correcting them before reacting with inappropriate behavior. "Change your thoughts, and you change your world." ~Norman Vincent Peale
Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT): EFT proposes that emotions have the ability to adapt in order to help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted experiences. Clients who participate in EFT become better able to identify, experience, explore and transform their emotional experiences.
Boundary Training: There are a few different types of boundaries: Physical (determining who may touch us and when), Mental (regarding our own thoughts and opinions), and Emotional (not letting our emotions be manipulated by others) are among them. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible, and having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. During counseling, boundary training consists of determining what good boundaries looks like for the client, how to set and reinforce those boundaries, and how to become comfortable doing so.