You’ve heard the old adage, “only two things in life are certain: death and taxes”. Change is inevitable and as counselors and mental health professionals we have built our careers on that belief. Those of us working in the mental health arena have seen this play out in our profession over the last several decades. Perhaps Carl Rogers would not have been able to predict the current circumstances regarding technology-assisted counseling, but I’ll bet he would have wanted us to figure out how to proactively work with this change, and find out how to best meet our clients.
As we know, counseling and therapy are taking place outside of a therapy room, outside the confines of a traditional face-to-face context. While change is certain, our focus shifts to preserving the unique and foundational aspects of counseling, while figuring out how to utilize these aspects through changing modalities.
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This article first appeared in the September 2011 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
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Courtney Holmes is a recent graduate from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is an Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio in the Mental Health and School Counseling program.