I notice that counsellors or psychologists do not get specific immediately when counselling people. Isn't this a waste of time? How can you truly help someone like this?
A: Counsellors and psychologists vary in their approaches. Most therapists take a holistic stance in helping others. This is where the whole life of the client is considered, not just a small part. Obviously, the therapist cannot check for everything in the client's life, but at the beginning of a session, bits of information about the client's physical, mental, and spiritual health, among other areas, will go a long way in guiding the therapist in a specific direction to be able to provide the best therapy.
Backward step with stones?
A teacher I know is still using stones to help children in grade five to learn. Isn't this backward?
A: That teacher is doing a great job when she uses concrete items such as any type of solid to teach a child to learn. She may be working with children with learning disabilities, and this is a perfect way to help children who learn at a slower rate.
A counselling psychologist wants me to write down what happens just before my daughter has a temper tantrum so she can understand how to help her. Does this make sense?
A: This information will help you and the counselling psychologist understand what causes or triggers your daughter's temper tantrum. Remember to list the people who are around when this behaviour occurs and the place you were when the behaviour presented itself.
Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!