Text Box: Counseling Complexities—What Can Happen?

Website layout, text & design Copyright © 2005-2011 - Kurt LaRose

Top of page

Text Box: HOME
Text Box: — Answers to Common FAQS —

Free Initial Session Available

Meet In Office, Online or Onsite

Insurance Authorizations & Approvals

Assessment, Testing, & Diagnosis

Brief Treatment Services Offered

Visa & Master Card Accepted

Order All Services Online or In Office

Budget Sensitive Pricing Available

Professional Development Seminars

Program Implementation for Schools

Published Articles—Provider Available

Complete Forms Conveniently Online

Pay Pal Available for Online Orders

Treating Individuals, Couples, Families

General Practitioner—Array of Services


Text Box:    The issue of how long the treatment process takes is difficult to answer.  No matter how well the treatment plan assesses, diagnoses, and specifies the number of sessions needed, there are many other considerations:

Some mental illnesses are harder to treat than others.  
Example: a person who has phobic symptoms when crossing the street may be easier to treat than a person who cannot stop drinking, taking drugs, or who cannot stop viewing pornography.  

Various methods are used by different professionals.  
Example: some professionals use behavioral treatment methods focusing on what people do (or don’t do) while other professionals use psychoanalytic methods focusing on the formative parental relationships.

People respond to treatment differently.  
Example: one person who is dealing with memories from child abuse might rapidly address the recall whereas another person might resist any topic that remotely addresses memories.

One problem might expose other problems.  
Example: a mother might bring her child in for what she thinks is an attention deficit disorder and during treatment it is learned that the focusing problem is linked to the domestic violence in the home.

Expectations of treatment delays recovery.
Example: a man seeks counseling to “talk about marriage problems” and when depression medication is suggested he refuses to see the doctor, psychiatrist, or ARNP—the marital problems continue for months until finally he begins medication therapy.

Clients want services; professionals refuse termination.
Example: a couple brings their child to counseling certain that the child has a mental disorder.  The mental health professional has determined that the child is functioning within normal developmental milestones but continues to see the child anyway.

Many other variables impact the process of treatment.  
Example: age, emotional development, physical considerations, culture, spiritual beliefs, and the environment all play a role in how treatment will progress.  A competent mental health professional can most adequately address such variables.

  To understand these, and many other, variables it is helpful to understand the Person in Environment (PIE) perspective.