When I was in graduate school, we learned about the history of how counseling was developed and how it has evolved. In its most primitive form, "counseling" took place in the home or with religious leaders, who had absolutely no formal training. Today, all professional therapists must understand a wide variety of therapeutic approaches based on research. These therapeutic approaches have been established on evidence based research methods, signifying that these techniques have been proven to be effective in helping people in therapy.
Why is this important to you? Well, a good therapist is one who constantly is seeking new ways to help their clients in more effective ways. They are active in learning new techniques, continuing their education and reading up on new theories. By keeping up on new techniques and therapeutic approaches, we are better able to serve our clients. We are also able to help our clients have access to these resources as well.
For example, one of the most widely used "new" therapeutic approaches I have utilized in my practice is based on Attachment Theory. All human relationships are based on a significant "attachment figure," whether it be a parent/caregiver or a romantic partner. In this research, we have learned that we all have different attachment styles. These styles have significant impact on how we relate to one another. In understanding attachment, I can better help my clients learn how they can improve their relationships and develop more secure attachments through corrective experiences.
We can never stop learning and understanding our minds. Research has helped us as therapist become more effective in our work, thus being more effective in helping our clients. Thanks for reading!
Written by Emily Freeze, MPH, MA, LMFT
Emily Freeze, MPH, MA, LMFT is a marriage and family therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Emily enjoys doing individual counseling, couples counseling and family counseling. Emily specializes in women's issues, specifically maternal mental health and reproductive mental health.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.