Treatment Goals

What do you hope to be able to say is true as a result of engaging in counseling?

Please open an email, address it to “[email protected],” type “Treatment Goals” into the subject line, then copy and paste the following text into the body of the message, back over the underlines, and fill in the blanks:

“I perceive my primary challenge to be __________. I am engaging in counseling founded in cognitive theory and the findings of neuroscience – all the while basking in the sun of self-kindness – to become more independently skillful at managing the interrelationship between events, feelings, thoughts, words/actions, relating to, and working with others.

The primary feeling I hope to be able to regulate is __________. The primary pattern of problematic thinking I hope to be able to challenge is __________. The primary behavior about which I hope to be able to make conscious choices is __________. I expect my relationships would work more smoothly if I were able to do this – __________ – and not do this –   __________.

I intend to gain more skill with __________, __________, and __________. Having more skills in these areas will help me achieve my primary goal of __________.

I will know I have made 50% progress towards my primary goal when I __________.  I will know I have made 75% progress towards this goal when I __________. I will know I have exceeded 75% and reached a satisfying level of progress towards my primary goal when I have achieved _________%.

I will know I have achieved this level because I will have achieved this milestone:  __________.

I expect achieving this overall plan will take __________ weeks/months.

Specifically, I expect to achieve my primary goal by __________ (date).

My current level of progress towards my primary goal is __________%.

The primary actions I need to take to help myself achieve a further level of progress are __________, __________ , and __________ .

When I have achieved this level – although I have the freedom and power to do this at any time if I am not progressing towards my goals at the rate I had hoped – I can conduct a cost-benefit analysis with rank ordering to decide whether to 1) discontinue counseling, 2) continue with my current counselor to a) deepen my gains for this treatment goal and/or b) establish a new goal, and/or 3) work with other counselors using other modalities to see what additional gains I might achieve.”

Once you have filled in the blanks, please send me this email. Thank you!

“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.”
Amos Bronson Alcott, 1799-1888, educator, reformer

Last updated 9/26/20

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