Types of Counseling

Compassion Counseling Center offers different types of counseling, based on the client or clients’ needs. Below is a brief description of each type:

Individual Counseling: This type of counseling is best for those who find that their issues are mostly a result of mental and emotional struggles within themselves. Clients work one-on-one with the counselor.

Marital/Couples Counseling: This type of counseling works best for married couples or couples in a serious dating relationship. The couple sees the counselor together and counseling activities often are aimed at improving communication within the relationship. The most common reasons for this type of counseling are infidelity by one or both members of the relationship, financial issues, infertility issues, sexual intimacy issues, and abuse issues.

Family Counseling: Sometimes families just don’t get along well with each other. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • step-parents and/or step-siblings entering the family
  • communication problems between one or more family members
  • discipline issues between parents and children
  • past or present abuse
  • changes in family dynamics because of a crisis or trauma

For these reasons and others, creating lasting, positive change might be achieved best by the counselor seeing the family together.

Play Therapy: Children often communicate through play. Thus, for young children and siblings it can often be helpful for the counselor to observe the child or children in a playroom with therapy toys where the child has a chance to express themselves in a safe environment.

Group Counseling: Sometimes it helps to know that others are going through very similar things. And those who have experienced these things in the past often have good insights on how best to heal from past issues and traumas. Group counseling is also cheaper than the other types of counseling. Typical issues that often are addressed best by group counseling include:

  • Recovering from substance abuse
  • Grief recovery
  • Surviving divorce
  • Adjusting to new health situations, such as cancer or heart disease