Psychopathology

Quality Counseling: An Examination of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy

Originally published in the International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy spring of 2015


Abstract

The aim of this journal article is to conduct an overview of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. It examines the theory’s primary concepts, view of human nature, and cause of psychopathology. It also looks at clinical approaches and evaluation strategies. It examines the nature of CT/RT’s theoretical origins and methodology, an exploration of therapist-client relationship conducted and expanded in the form of ‘Quality Counseling.’


(more…)

Advertisements

Anarchy and Emotion: A Heart-Based Philosophy for Transforming Society

I study counseling psychology. I learn to use skills that help people deal with personal issues, trauma, mental issues, and stress. But saying I “help” someone is actually a misnomer.

In reality, I empathize with an individual; I leverage the desire to connect with another human. I do this to show a person that they possess their own ability to cope with the stressors of life. In other words, I help them help themselves. My relationship with a client is what the counseling profession cleverly refers to as the “therapeutic alliance.”

The therapeutic alliance states that a counselor joins with a client and together they form a bond. They enter into an emotional rapport, which accounts for any healing that takes place. Current research in counseling states that the client and therapist bond is what contributes to positive outcomes. This is the open secret of all therapy. Healing occurs because client and counselor share an authentic connection. (more…)

Healing Madness with Communication, Conversation, and Love

 

mtaynhg3njg19974855_19892922

Does anyone believe schizophrenia (madness) can be “cured” with conversation only—with words and human connection alone?

Most modern psychiatrists deny that this is possible. They claim that schizophrenia is a permanent brain disease. But a new form of therapy is challenging that old perspective. (more…)