Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions about counseling is that it involves aimlessly talking about problems without any real direction or resolution. 

Good therapy is as much therapeutic as it is structured and strategic. We take a goals oriented approach to counseling which involves a thorough initial assessment to understand the unique nature of our clients situation.  From there we set clear objectives and craft a plan that puts accountability on both the client and the counselor.  Quality counseling creates an empathetic and safe environment while working within a structure and plan that gets the job done.  


architectural design & Structure

When working on any important project, the design phase is critical for success.  Without a strong design and plan, the counseling you pay good money for can quickly become aimless and unproductive.  Your first initial assessment happens with our most experienced and seasoned counselors to ensure we see all the important factors and build a plan right for you.  These counseling "architects" may continue to be your counselor and perform the work of therapy for you, but if cost is an issue, a junior counselor or student counselor can be tasked to do the work as well using the strategy and structure designed by the senior counseling architect. This approach allows us to ensure the quality counseling at flexible and affordable pricing.

The following is an example of a simple structure that guides our approach to counseling.  Every client's case is unique and we usually tailor the approach according to our clients needs.  But it's important that our clients understand the basic strategy behind our work as it's easy for clients to start feeling lost and uncertain of where the therapy is going.   Good therapy has a beginning, middle and end. 


Step 1: Assessment

  • One Session
  • Listen to/Understand Your Story (Gather Information)
  • Provide an Explanation & Assessment of the Issues
  • Outline Big & Small Picture Goals
  • Divide the Case into Phases of Work
  • Prioritize & Triage Each Phase of Work
  • Set Timeline & Treatment Plan for Counseling
  • Assign Responsibilities & Objective

Step 2: Initial Goals & First Phase of Work

  • Five to Six Sessions
  • Learn New Skills & Concepts
  • Gather More Information & Discovery Underlying Issues
  • Identify Obstacles & Unhealthy Patterns
  • Accomplish Initial Set of Goals & First Phase or Work

Step 3: Reassess

  • One Session
  • Evaluate Progress & Integrate Client Feedback
  • Redefine and Clarify Problem & Objectives
  • Determine Requirements to Overcome Obstacles
  • Revise Goals & Phases of Work Accordingly
  • Establish Plan for Advanced Work and to Accomplish Remaining Phases

Step 4: Advanced Work & Remaining Phases

  • Six to Eight Sessions
  • Overcome Obstacles & Break Unhealthy Patterns
  • Engage in Healing & Reparative Work 
  • Practice New Skills
  • Increase Depth and Intensity of Work
  • Accomplish Advanced Work Goals

Step 5: Reassess

  • One Session
  • Evaluate Progress Toward Advanced Goals
  • Revise Goals if Needed (Return to Step Four to Accomplish Remaining Phases)

Step 6: Maintenance

  • Begin Reducing Frequency of Sessions
  • Test Ability to Maintain Work w/o Counselor
  • Evaluate Progress & Identify Maintenance Goals
  • Set Contingency Plan for Relapse or Regression