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Theoretical and Antithetical Approaches to Counseling

Theoretical Orientation

Of the theories related to mental health counseling, which theoretical orientation do you find yourself MOST aligned with at this point in your professional development? (Person-Centered, Existential, Adelerian, Gestalt)

How does this theoretical approach align with your personal and professional values and beliefs?

Within the context of the given theory, describe the primary role of the therapist and offer a brief description of the assumptions and limitations of the theory.

Antithetical Theoretical Orientation

Of the theories related to mental health counseling, which theoretical orientation do you find yourself LEAST aligned with at this point in your professional development?

How is this theoretical approach antithetical to your personal and professional values and beliefs?

Within the context of the given theory, describe the primary role of the therapist and offer a brief description of the assumptions and limitations of the theory.

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Theoretical Orientation: (Existential Orientation/Therapy)

Of different theories related to mental health counseling, I feel most comfortable and aligned using an existential approach. The existential theory mainly focuses on helping others find meaning in their life, situations, or experiences. Of specific existential use, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is often provided to clients that are suffering from anxiety and depression. Various methods of ACT include helping clients de-myth both anxiety and depression, helping clients come to terms with reality about what type of meaning or significance their thoughts are providing to them and help the client create a life vision and plan for the future.

This theoretical approach aligns with my personal and professional values and beliefs for many reasons. For example, I am the type of person that finds goodness in everyone. I also believe that everyone can find goodness in themselves, given they are provided the opportunity to explore what "meaning" is and come to accept and commit themselves to finding that "meaning". Many folks are not accustomed to finding goodness in themselves for many reasons. Sometimes, people lack self-esteem, drive, motivation, and empowerment. My personal and professional values guide my acceptance of people at all stages of their life. Being a social worker and instructor, I am accustomed to applying empowerment practices with clients, and the existential models serve as empowering and ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses both theoretical and antithetical orientation in working as a mental health counselor. (899) words are included as well as (3) references. The information is presented as both reflective as well as 3rd person point of view according to APA standards.

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