Transformational Counseling, Drug Rehabilitation, Addiction Treatment and Substance Abuse- By Harry Henshaw, Ed. D., LMHC
September 14, 2004 -- Transformational Counseling is a process of assisting others to transform their lives. Transformational Counseling is a process of assisting others in their reinventing themselves, of creating a life that they love and living it powerfully. Transformational Counseling is a process of creating a space or clearing for others to get present to or become aware of their self limiting belief, to create or invent a possibility for themselves and their life that could not have existed before and to learn how to be in their possibilities as opposed to being that which has always stopped them in the past. While the technology of Transformational Counseling will assist anyone in their personal growth and development, when utilized with individuals suffering from alcohol and drug dependency the results are extraordinary.
The development of Transformational Counseling has been the result of my work in counseling, psychotherapy, hypnosis, recovery, neuro linguistic programming, the work of Louise Hay and Landmark Education. To understand and be able to utilize the technology of Transformational Counseling with those in recovery, of being able to make a true difference in the life of an individual who is suffering from alcohol and drug dependency, requires that one understand certain concepts or distinctions about what it is to be a human being and reality itself. While the distinctions of Transformational Counseling are initially presented separately, it is in their practice or communication with a client in treatment that a true synergy is reached and its potential or power actualized for an individual in recovery. For the counselor as well as for the client the synergistic learning that takes place within Transformational Counseling is nonlinear in nature.
The recovering clients that I work with at the Holistic Addiction Treatment Program in North Miami Beach, Florida are all experiencing a real loss of power, freedom and full self-expression in many of the domains of their life. The clients that I see are all being stopped in living a life that they love and living it powerfully. What is so for them is a life of alcohol and drug use and all of the devastating consequences that follow from such a life style. If they continue being as they have been being nothing will change, life will be as it has always been, consumed with the use and dependency upon alcohol and drugs. They will remain stuck in life, unable to be in recovery and to reach their true potential in life.
The clients that I counsel know that something needs to be different in their life but are unsure of what that something is all about, of what is not working, of what is missing, of what needs to happen. The tendency is to blame others, their situation in life or even the alcohol and drugs for what has and is happening to them. It is in assisting the client in recovery to discover or become present to that which has been causing their current situation, the alcohol and drug use and the depression, sadness, anger and frustration that accompanies the dependency and to learn how to create a new way of life that the work of Transformational Counseling is all about.
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