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What to expect

As an EMDR therapist, Adam routinely uses bilateral stimulation (BLS) in sessions. Click here to read more about BLS, or click here to learn about EMDR.

Although the counseling process is unique to each individual it will probably include logical processing, emotional identification or expression, homework assignments, problem solving, and spiritual, intellectual, and emotional exploration. Counseling will possibly include: role-playing, imagery exercises, or other techniques that may seem helpful and that fall within the standard of practice for mental health professionals.

The client will never be asked to do anything she or he finds uncomfortable.

Logical Processing

This is basically a fancy term for asking questions to get at the heart of an issue. So, perhaps Jane tells you, “I’m so angry that John does that!” You then ask, “What is it about what John is doing that you are angry about?,” or, “In what way are you angry?” These are questions meant to further clarify and identify exactly what it is Jane is experiencing.

Emotional Identification or Expression

Often, individuals will either fail to identify an emotional experience or use broad terms such as “frustrated” or “upset” to describe how they feel. Acknowledging a feeling previously unnoticed or ignored can be empowering for someone as she or he gains the ability to precisely describe what he or she is experiencing. In the same way, an individual who is clearly aware of the difficult emotions with which he or she is struggling gains confidence and self-awareness when she or he can more clearly conceptualize and express one’s experience.

Additionally, expressing or sharing emotions is a powerful means of confronting and resolving internal conflict, or incongruence. Doing one thing while we knowingly or unknowingly feel another causes tension until we do so intentionally.

Homework Assignments

Leaving the counseling office with a homework assignment is an ideal way to solidify discoveries or progress made during sessions. This is a mechanism to prevent stagnation or backsliding between counseling sessions.

Photography by Kelly Stoker

Photography by Kelly Stoker

Problem Solving

Sometimes deep personal emotional exploration will do nothing to change a difficult situation or circumstance. Getting to know ourselves better will not help us switch to the job we realize is a better fit, apologize to those we’ve harmed, or put together a budget. These require basic problem solving skills such as evaluating pros and cons or brainstorming.

Spiritual, Intellectual, and Emotional Exploration

These are all essential elements of mental health. Exploring one’s internal condition is a basic element of change, and it is often a step that must be repeated throughout the counseling process. This is the “raising consciousness” Adam refers to in his mission statement, “Raising Consciousness and Bringing the Kingdom.”

Just scheduling my first appointment, I could hear how genuine and sincere Dr. Cluchey was about helping his patients. [disclaimer: Adam Cluchey, LPC is not a doctor]

Male, age 23

Adam is someone I can confide in, when I have good news we get hopeful together, and when I don’t

Male, age 17

I first met with Adam in August of 2016.  Adam has helped me totally remake myself and discover so

Male, age 48

What a difference Adam Cluchey has made in my life! When I started seeing him, I was

Female, age 58

I’ve been working with Adam for about three months now and I’m pleased to say that my confidence has increased while my anxiety has decreased dramatically. He’s taught me some very practical applications and techniques that help me manage my emotions in a way more constructive way. His style is friendly and casual. I get … Continue reading

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