What To Expect From Your Counseling Session
How Can Individual Counseling Help Me?
Client Expectations & Hopes
Successful Therapy: Your Role As A Client
Research on Benefits of Therapy
The Client-Therapist Relationship
Individual Psychotherapy & Counseling: Dr. Durana's Approaches & Methods
Dr. Durana’s caring and holistic approach for individual counseling fosters your strengths and inner resources to facilitate change and obtainment of goals. He is encouraging and respectful of your ability to uncover inner resources and direction for growth.
Dr. Durana’s practice is founded on a genuine capacity for warmth, empathy, caring, attentiveness and respect for each individual’s ideas and feelings. In these ways, he provides encouragement in a safe and supportive space for his clients to take the time to think through issues, generate new perspectives and experience mastery over their problems.
Successful Therapy: Your Role As A Client
In his counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, Dr. Durana focuses on what works for you to foster your strengths, resources and abilities. Through years of experience working with individuals, he has found that people can solve problems more easily and fortify their self-esteem by working from a position of strength vs the tendency to dwell on perceived insufficiencies. In other words, Dr. Durana has found that a person’s capacity for healing is promoted by developing an individual’s strong points and positive qualities as a means to master new challenges.
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This approach is supported by research, which shows there are four factors in determining success in individual counseling and psychotherapy. The first and most important element, which determines about forty percent of overall success, is a client’s capacity for growth and self-healing. Everyone has these resources, which include: beliefs, values, feelings, knowledge, experience, communication skills and relationship capabilities. Effective individual counseling or psychotherapy helps clients marshal these resources.
Some forms of counseling emphasize what’s wrong with the person, known as pathologizing. Although this kind of diagnosis can sometimes be helpful in a limited way, Dr. Durana has found this approach can lead to labeling the person and has many drawbacks. For example, when someone is called phobic about relationships, this label and the associated lack of competencies can act as barriers that may prevent fully understanding the person; for the client, the label may cause that person to put up defenses, cutting off avenues to improving their circumstances.
Dr. Durana knows that a person is much more than a label; that no one fits neatly into a category. Labeling a person diminishes human value and ignores the complexity of an individual. For example, rather than referring to someone as “phobic about relationships,” it’s much more useful and perceptive to look deeper. Perhaps the person has forgotten or never learned how to relate because of past disappointments or losses in childhood. For the client, Dr. Durana’s holistic approach helps avoid the risk of getting into a rut, while opening up a person’s ability to think about what goes on within himself and with other people – friends, colleagues, spouses. It also facilitates self-understanding, self-acceptance and self-love rather than experiencing oneself as defective or damaged.
Successful individual counseling also involves exploring what has helped a person in the past. While it is valuable to recognize what hasn’t worked, it’s more valuable to find out what has worked so that it can be enhanced and used. For example, in what periods of our lives did we feel the best about ourselves? When and how did we make the best decisions? In this way, Dr. Durana supports self-discovery, personal responsibility, personal control and problem solving. This approach is based on the premise that people possess the ability to uncover resources and directions for growth in life and is founded upon a faith and interest in everyone’s personal worth, competence and lovability.
Dr. Durana believes it is the job of the therapist to help the client uncover their resources and potential for growth and to provide the conditions under which successful counseling and psychotherapy can occur. But ultimately, it’s the client’s willingness to work on themselves that makes therapy work.
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About A Caring Approach
Dr. Durana draws on a wide variety of successful psychotherapeutic methods when working with patients. A combination of holistic therapeutic services may be needed to confront the challenges in your life, and A Caring Approach will help you create your own wellness strategy using methods to manage your progress.
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