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What to Expect from Therapy at HJCC


The therapeutic relationship is a unique and special relationship.  Your therapist is the person you will learn to trust with your heart, needs, secrets, failures, hopes, and dreams.  Your relationship with your therapist will likely be intimate and professional with many ups, downs, laughter, and tears.


The Therapist's Role:


  • Meet you where you are & work with you at your level of comfort

  • Journey alongside you to work toward your goals  

  • Listen to you with concern, compassion, & confidentiality  

  • Guide you in the right direction 

  • Challenge you to grow beyond your present circumstances

  • Encourage you to pursue a closer connection with God & heal from your emotional & mental pain


Your Role:


  • Consider what you want out of therapy & how you will know when that is achieved

  • Think about what you want to talk about before each session

  • Be open & honest  

  • Complete any assignments between sessions

  • Trust the process of therapy  


Phase One of the Therapeutic Process:


  • You help your counselor understand the nature & the history of the problem 

  • We get a sketch of who you are & get to know you as a person

  • We begin to form an alliance & mutually develop a sense of what it’s like to work together

  • The counselor provides psychoeducation related to your issue

  • We begin to identify your goals & project what you would like to happen when you complete therapy

  • We commit to engage in the process honestly & authentically 


Phase Two of the Therapeutic Process: 


  • We begin to encounter & explore underlying causes of the presenting problem

  • We begin the process of developing strategies to overcome issues identified

  • The journey of healing & therapy continues to evolve through mutual consensus


What to Expect in Your Session:


  • If you are comfortable, we will begin with prayer

  • We remain mindful that the Holy Spirit is directing the session

  • If desired, we may use Bible passages that relate to your presenting issue or current situation

  • Session structure depends on your unique strengths & growth areas, as well as therapy modalities

  • We may talk about how the week went relative to your presenting issue

  • We may discuss something from your previous session

  • There may be a homework assignment that we review

  • We may process how you are feeling at the moment

  • There may be times when we talk about your feelings toward your therapist & the therapy process  


Termination of Therapy:


  • Counseling ends when you have achieved your goals & have integrated them into your life

  • The length of therapy will vary and depend on the circumstances, strengths, support, and willingness to work in the therapeutic process


Therapeutic Considerations:


  • If your presenting problem appears to be resolved or you start thinking about reasons why you can't attend therapy, talk to your therapist before deciding to quit.  This could be resistance at a subconscious level to avoid addressing unresolved issues that are nearing the surface.  

  • It is not uncommon for clients to develop intense positive or negative attachments to their therapists.  It can be a healthy part of the therapeutic process; when discussed with your counselor, she will help you discover the root. 


How HJCC Integrates Christianity in Sessions:


  • Views God as counselor, healer, & change agent

  • Utilizes the Bible as the foundation of counseling

  • Relies on the counsel, wisdom, & comfort of the Holy Spirit

  • Prays & seeks God's guidance as to how to address your needs

  • Demonstrates the unconditional love & grace of God

  • Prays and reads Bible passages with you, if comfortable

  • Assigns Bible passages or other spiritual resources for homework



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