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30 Exceptional Q&A Sites on Effective Relationship Counseling

Pastoral Counseling
Q. What is Pastoral Counseling?
A. Pastoral Counseling is very much like other types of counseling you might obtain from a psychotherapist except Pastoral Counseling seeks to bring healing by integrating the natural connection between the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions.  Pastoral Counselors value religious and spiritual resources equally with the insights and practice of behavioral science.
Q. What if I’m not a religious person?
A. Pastoral Counseling respects a person’s spiritual beliefs, including those who espouse no religion.  Pastoral Counselors do not attempt to convert anyone to a particular set of beliefs but rather strive to meet each person’s needs in a supportive manner.
Marriage and Family Therapy
Q. Do I have to be married to go to a marriage and family therapist?
A. No – Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is based on scientific findings that individuals and their problems are best seen in context and the most influential one is family.  MFT’s are trained in both psychotherapy and family systems and focus on interactional patterns with family, friends and situations which may contribute to the problem.
Q. What if my family/partner won’t come to sessions?
A. Therapy can still be effective. Family systems research has shown that one motivated person can change, not only personal, but family dynamics for the better.
Q. Yes, but how effective is counseling by a MFT?
A. In a study by Doherty & Simmons (1996) clients rated Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) as follows:
 98.1% rated services good or excellent
 97.1% got the kind of help they needed
 96.9% would recommend their therapist to a friend
Q. What if I start therapy and then my partner decides to seek therapy?  Does he/she have to find a different therapist?
A. MFT’s are often in the unique position, due to training and theoretical approach, of seeing more than one member of the family in the course of couple or family therapy.  Strict confidentiality ethics are observed exchange of information cannot occur without written consent.  Family therapy is effective precisely because the therapist is able to include other family members in the therapy. 
Q. What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
A. Trauma, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder occurs in a variety of situations and often remains locked within the individual years after the event. 

EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment that has successfully helped over a million individuals who have survived trauma, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat and crime. EMDR is also useful in treating those who are unable to speak in front of groups, as well as those who suffer from sports/school performance anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and self esteem issues. Symptoms of trauma include: fear, trembling, sweating, nausea, panic or anxiety, inability to stop thinking about the event, nightmares, depression or change in personality. 

EMDR is a complex method of psychotherapy that integrates a range of therapeutic approaches with eye movements or other forms of rhythmical stimulation that jump-start the brain's information processing system. Because EMDR allows the brain to heal its psychological problems at the same rate as the body heals physical aliments, it is unnecessary to delve into decades-old personal history as time becomes irrelevant in the EMDR therapy process. 

The five most recent studies of trauma victims receiving EMDR found that 84-90% no longer had post-traumatic stress disorder after only three treatment sessions. There are, of course, those who progress more slowly but that is entirely normal in the process. 

Terry is a trained Level II EMDR therapist and and has practiced EMDR since 1996.


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