Counseling progresses through 4 different phases.
- One: The first phase is identifying the life problems that bring you to counseling and developing a plan to help you address those problems.
- Two: The second is the skill building phase. During this phase, you will learn and practice new skills to help you cope with your emotional distress, improve how you think about your problem, and begin to change your behavior.
- Three: The third is the transforming phase. As you begin to change how you feel about your problem, how you think about your problem, and what you do about your problem, it takes time for those changes to become a new habit. Making those habits a part of your life occurs during the transforming phase of counseling.
- Four: Finally, the accomplishment phase means that you and Dr. Gridley agree that you have met your counseling goals and your life is better now. This means you are done with counseling.
Dr. Gridley’s counseling focuses on acheiving four results:
- to help people rebuild their lives out of the rubble of life’s storms.
- to help people raise up new ways of solving life’s problems.
- to help people repair the broken pieces of their hearts.
- to help people restore the important relationships in their lives.
Dr. Gridley conducts brief, solution focused counseling. Brief therapy means that most of the time clients will come to counseling for 10 to 12 sessions. Solution focused counseling means that he works with you to find solutions to your problems that lead to you living a better life. His experience teaches him that significant changes can happen within 10-12 sessions of counseling. Of course, that is a general guideline. Your counseling may be shorter or longer, depending on the type and intensity of your problem.