Philosophy of the Counseling
Mental Health and Addiction Counselors at Myrtle House are fully trained
and competent in contemporary diagnostic and treatment procedures. In
keeping with Counseling tradition, the spirit with which these theories
and techniques are applied is consistent with Counseling's humanistic
The Wellness Model
One of the best perspectives for assisting individuals in resolving their emotional and personal issues and problems is the Wellness Model and the 12 Steps of AA. In contrast to those who espouse a more purely medical model, counselors see formal diagnosis as just one aspect of the overall personhood of the client.
Counselors see the client as having relative strengths and challenges
across a number of areas: Emotional, intellectual, physical, social,
occupational, and spiritual. To an Mental Health Counselor, the client
is never just a diagnosis. In recognizing the whole person
of the client, the counselor nurtures the clients many strengths
to achieve the greatest wellness possible.
The goal of counseling is to empower individuals to resolve their own problems independently of mental health professionals, and to teach them to identify and resolve problems autonomously in the future.
Counselors believe that most people have the strength and capacity
to manage their own problems, even if they havent yet learned
the tools. We prefer to help people to help themselves, rather than
become dependent on professional supports.
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