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My Style of Counseling

08.16.13

After being in this field for over 15 years, I know that there are many types and styles of therapists and counselors with whom to work. I think it will be helpful for you to know my style.

As a Christian for over 33 years, I certainly have a traditional, conservative approach to life and counseling. I know that God has very high standards for us, and I want to challenge my clients to reach their personal best. Let me be clear: I do work with ALL faiths and beliefs. I keep quiet about my own beliefs, if you choose that. However, if you are open to a Christian point of view, I offer you the benefit of using prayer and scripture verses within the sessions, if you so desire. I am careful to use only techniques that are supported by the Christian point of view.

I have taken the Myers-Briggs personality test, and I am an ENFJ. If you have no idea what that just meant, it means that I am an Extrovert (get energy from being with people), iNtuitive (I pick up on things intuitively, rather than having to have everything spelled out for me), Feelings (that means empathetic, and very in tune with my own emotions, and can easily guess others’ emotions), and Judging (which means I like things structured and planned out).

So what does that mean in therapy?? It means that I truly enjoy people, and truly like having you come to see me every 2 weeks or so. It means I am intuitive, and probably a step or two ahead of you, when thinking about what direction to head, for your best interest. It also means that I am very empathetic towards my clients, yet I also like to get things done. I like to set goals with my clients, and work towards them. Of course, there is some time for venting, and I want to build a trusting, therapeutic relationship with you, and that does take time. However, I always know that we are going somewhere, to accomplish some specific things.

I have some very specific interventions that are tried and true. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. If you’re not sure what those are, suffice it to say that they are empirically-based, researched therapy techniques that WORK for people. However, I also want to point out that I am like a football coach, on the sidelines, giving some instructions and directions, while you go out there and play the game. I cannot do all the work for you. You and I will work together to set some attainable goals, measurable goals, and we assess progress together. But in the final analysis, you are the one who is making your life work better. You are the one making the changes and trying new things.

If that is the type of counseling you seek, please call me today at 847-962-5234. I look forward to serving you!

Sincerely,
Faith Gallup, LCSW
847-962-5234