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Professional Methodology


In order to get a clear understanding of the nuances of counseling particularly as they relate to professional identity, some examination of this issue is highly recommended. The concept of professional identity has been defined as integrating professional training and personal attributes within the context of a professional community (Nugent & Jones, 2009). In this regard, practicing counselors have identified with the values of human development, wellness, and prevention (Gale & Austin, 2003; Mellin et al., 2011), but that finding has not extinguished the essential controversies about counselor professional identity.



 
The primary criteria for establishing this identity are: the aspiration for the profession to remain affiliated with the philosophical focus of human development, prevention, and wellness versus practice realities that suggest a demand for expertise with a medical model that emphasizes pathology (Gale & Austin, 2003; Hansen, 2006; McGowan, 2003). Moreover, the lack of cohesion with respect to achieving a standard of what authentically constitutes a professional identity stems from diverse philosophical and ideological premises. Notwithstanding the obvious confusion and debate concerning this issue, the general consensus is that professional identity must be integrative in nature. This integration, at the root, is based on a multiplicity of personal attributes and professional training, which ultimately manifest and are expressed in manifold contexts.

Why is Scholarship a must for Authentic Professional Practice?

The expressions of professional identity are at the core buttressed on scholarship. In other words, scholarship is a necessary prerequisite to any authentic claim to professional practice. Ernest Boyer's landmark work of 1990, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate contended that the established definition of scholarship (being engaged in research and publication) should be broader to include four critical components of application, discovery, teaching, and integration.



Application

Application represents a move toward engagement, when an individual attempts to apply the knowledge base of the profession to significant problems, such as counselor educator maintaining a counseling practice (Boyer, 1990) or a clinical supervisor working with a subordinate.

Discovery

Discovery is understood as research to produce disciplinary knowledge, which is the traditional activity within higher education. In this regard, the discipline of the scholarship-practitioner must be clearly put in its proper perspective. For example though mental health counselors are traditionally viewed as clinicians, voices within the profession have discussed the importance of master's level clinicians being effectively trained and being engaged in research (Huber & Savage, 2009; Whiston, 1996).

Teaching


Boyer (1990) described teaching as a professional activity that "both educates an entices future scholars" (p. 23). This definition communicates the pivotal role of teaching with respect to the transfer of knowledge. It is important to note that mental health professionals involved in clinical practice also have a responsibility to teach their clients both in the individual and group settings. Much of this teaching is psychoeducational in nature, however, much can be still used to motivate and enrich lives. L.E.A.P.S. professional counseling approach stands ready and willing to meet your psychoeducational needs.

Integration

Finally, Boyer (1990) described integration as fitting research into greater intellectual patterns and making links between knowledge from diverse disciplines. Mellin et al. (2011), like Boyer, made a case for interprofessional collaboration, noting that because counselors "are addressing some of the nation's most complex social issues...the counseling profession is increasingly emphasizing collaboration as a "best practice" strategy (p. 141).

References

Boyer, E. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Burkholder, D. (2012). A model of professional identity expression for mental health counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34(4), 295-307.
Gale, A. U., & Austin, B. D. (2003). Professionalism's challenges to professional counselors' collective identity. Journal of Counseling & Development, 81, 3-10.

Hansen, J. T. (2006). Is the best practices movement consistent with the values of the counseling profession? A critical analysis of best practices ideology. Counseling and Values, 50, 154-160.
Huber, C. H. & Savage, T. A. (2009). Promoting research as a core value in master's level counselor education. Counselor Education & Supervision, 50, 56-78.

McGowan, A. S. (2003). New and practical sections in the Journal of Counseling & Development: Information for the prospective author and the readership. Journal of Counseling & Development, 81, 387-388.

Mellin, E. A., Hunt, B. & Nichols, L. M. (2011). Counselor professional identity: Findings and implications for counseling and interprofessional collaboration. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89, 140-147.
Whiston, S. C. (1996). Accountability through action research. Research methods for practitioners. Journal of Counseling & Development, 74, 616-623.

L.E.A.P.S. Counseling Methodology


L.E.A.P.S. therapeutic counseling sessions include: children and adult sexual abuse therapy, children and adult therapy for ADHD, and individuation for children and adult therapy. John E. N. Daniel and his associates provide counseling to adults for anxiety disorder through anxiety treatment, insomnia, anger management, blended family issues, life coaching, business coaching, leadership coaching, depression, training and development, grief and trauma counseling, pastoral counseling, family counseling, and other areas.
  • Do you have anger, depression, anxiety disorders, or something like them that you feel you need to talk about?
  • Are you going through a divorce, a remarriage, or having problems with your sexual health?
  • Is something new and big happening in your life that you need help coping with or understanding?
  • Or do you just feel like you need to talk to someone, and would like a safe environment and a listening ear to do so?
  • Everyone needs a little help at some point in their life, and even as adults it is more than alright to ask for it. The only issue, then, is who to go to for that help?
Finding the Right Counselor




It can be hard to know where to turn, especially when you're looking for counseling or broader therapeutic services. At L.E.A.P.S., we assure that you are going to receive wonderful care. John and his professional trained associates are truly caring individuals, and are happy to be there for you in your time of need. As well as having specialized training and expertise, our counselors and therapists adhere to the professional ethical guidelines as stipulated by the relevant counseling governing bodies and associations.

Up to Date Techniques!


A couple of our many helpful techniques incorporates EMDR or EFT. This technique usually in just a few sessions helps with issues like panic, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and many other personal challenges, which are usually considered time-consuming and hard to treat. This technique is used to help release memories and experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system and some of our counselors are trained to use it. Another similar technique which helps accelerate healing with addictions, drug and alcohol addictions, trauma, anxiety and more is Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. This is based on some of meridian pressure points and can be used to treat many emotional issues. Our counselors will be more than happy to use these techniques and more to help!

Other Treatment Methods





New Client Paperwork


We will need a little information from you before we start our first counseling session. We have included our new client packet here for you complete online or print out and bring with you already completed. We recommend you at least review the client agreement and privacy practices before your arrival so that you may have time to read these important documents carefully. You may also arrive about 10-15 minutes early and we will have the new client paperwork ready to be filled out prior to commencing your first session.

L.E.A.P.S. offers Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy and Telephone Therapy. Finding the perfect fit for your situation can often present major challenges. L.E.A.P.S. can help you match the type of therapy to meet your specific needs.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy offers you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a counselor. This personal attention allows for a more consistent and intensive focus on your issues and struggles than in any other therapeutic context.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy allows for you and your partner to meet with a counselor together. This format is designed to help people who are in committed relationships by providing a trained professional to facilitate conversations that lead to enhanced communication, understanding, and intimacy.




 
Family Therapy


Family therapy provides an opportunity for you and your family to meet with a counselor together. Family therapy aims to address the family system as a whole, discovering the ways in which a family's relational dynamics have affected each member of the family; and practical solutions as to how best to resolve family conflicts.

Group Therapy

Group therapy brings people together around a particular topic, combining the spontaneity of group conversation with sound group leadership aimed at "drawing individuals," increasing self-esteem and confidence and providing much need support. Well executed group dynamics facilitates and builds greater openness and trust among group members. Group therapy provides an opportunity for people to begin taking new steps with others in a safe environment.


Telephone and Video Conference Therapy


L.E.A.P.S. recognizes that traveling to our office is not possible for everyone. For those who are unable to travel to our office because of distance, geographical locale, or as a result of other extenuating circumstances, we provide counseling by telephone and video conference.