Monday, April 30, 2012

My theoretical orientation

Over the last few months I have been completing my theories course with my eye on the prize of knowing at the end of this course what theory of counseling I was going to use as my base my course ends next week and I have not a clue :). Don't get me wrong I have an idea of the theories that speak to me on a deeper level and that go along with how I view people in general and how I find myself leaning in my thoughts when I think about people but I think I had an unrealistic expectation for this course and what it would give me. I thought it would solidify my choice but instead it has made it more difficult!

 As I am learning about each theory presented I find something from each of them that appeals to me. Some more than others but each have something that is appealing. This course has allowed me to eliminate a few theories as they just don't have enough to them to draw me towards them. So without further ado here is my list of theories with the first choice my first choice and so on...

1. Adlerian
1.. Existential
2.. Reality
3. Cognitive Behavior
4. Solution focused brief therapy

So there it is... I believe at this point in my counseling program my base/foundation counseling theory will be Adlerian/existential theories and I will integrate reality, cognitive behavior therapy and solution focused brief therapy as needed depending upon my client and time frame. 

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  1. As I prepare to write my personal theory of counseling (due next Friday and still in chicken scratch form); I was looking for some inspiration. You helped me realize that my feelings at this point are not so ridiculous as I previously thought...I have been working in the "field" for years but this course has frustrated me more than it clarified things for me. Thanks for your post!

  2. Dee,

    Glad I could help! I would love to help you if you would like just shoot me a comment :)