How Does Counseling Work?
The foundation of counseling is the therapeutic relationship between the Counselor and the Client. From the safety of unconditional positive regard comes forth a place of comfort from which a client can explore issues.
Treatment strategies vary depending upon client goals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on changing cognitions. With a change in thinking, new feelings emerge and old unhealthy behaviors are abandoned. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an empirically supported treatment for substance abuse, depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic-stress disorder. A Psychodynamic approach offers clients strategies for understanding the pain of their past and addressing trauma in the safety of the presence of a skilled professional. Inevitably, what follows is a new script for their lives and relationships. A Family Systems approach is applied to most parent/teen, parent/child, and couples therapy dynamics. Addressing individual family members can result in long term sustainable positive change for the family member who is distressed. The family systems approach can also help rebuild disharmonious family relationships and teach clients how to rely on the family system for healthy support.
Often, exploring emotional well being through Mandala Art Expression is a modality utilized by Rabia to delve deeper into a client's feelings. Problem Solving and Goal Attainment are Life Skills taught to all clients, regardless of where one falls on the Developmental Life Span. The ultimate goal is for clients to internalize what they learn in therapy and gain autonomy in their ability to handle the obstacles and challenges that arise.
Physical, mental and spiritual healing and an enhanced sense of well being are generally the outcome of therapy. Rabia Khan has a very unique perspective as a counselor, seeing herself as a student of spirituality and life. It is through this lens she guides her clients to self discovery, introspection and the emergence of the authentic self in her clients. Rabia's approach is Integrative and Holistic. Clients find lasting positive changes after working with Rabia, often within 4 - 6 sessions.
What to Expect at Your First Session?
I will ask you about what brings you or your family. I will ask about your past and current experiences with therapists and your medical history. I will ascertain your specific goals for therapy. At the conclusion of the intake session, I will give you my professional opinion of the plan for treatment.
What is Confidentiality?
Confidentiality is the relief of knowing anything you share will be kept private by your counselor. With the trust of confidentiality, increased vulnerability and transparency lead to positive changes. Exceptions to confidentiality can be found in the informed consent.