Thursday, February 13, 2014

Realms of Therapeutic Issues

     It is becoming clearer and clearer to me that a respectable counselor does not just query a client about the problem at hand.  Sure, a client may come in with a presenting concern, but is that issue their true problem?  I think that a lot of counselors would find this doubtful.  Exploring a client's whole self is of utmost importance.  What I would like to understand are all the realms of self that a counselor would and should cover.  I guess a first step in this understanding is to attempt a creation of a list of these "realms." Here we go:

  • Childhood
  • Family
  • Current relationships (romantic)
  • Work
  • Friends/Other influencers
  • Strengths/Weaknesses
  • Fears
  • Current life events/issues
  • Long term event/issues
  • Exercise/Diet
  • Financial Issues
  • Values