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Choice Theory and Reality Therapy: Session 1

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Over the course of five counseling sessions, Patricia Robey works with Kennedy, who has come to therapy because she is struggling with depression and is in conflict with her family. Kennedy feels that she disappoints her family members and wishes to have a more loving and affectionate relationship with them. Robey works with Kennedy to develop better habits with her family members and help Kennedy create a more caring, deeper relationship with them. She encourages Kennedy to be assertive without being aggressive and to give up defenses and show vulnerability to make her relationships better. As part of the therapeutic process, Robey explains the choice theory model in the sessions to educate Kennedy on the method and reasoning behind the approach and treatment. Patricia A. Robey is a licensed mental health counselor and associate professor at Governors State University’s School of Counseling. She specializes in applying reality therapy and choice theory in her work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is a senior faculty member of the William Glasser Institute and has taught the concepts of choice theory and reality therapy in the United States and internationally. She is also the editor of Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling: A Choice Theory and Reality Therapy Approach. Complete Counseling: From First to Last Session takes the viewer through five sessions with the same client. Viewers will witness how clients change from session to session, how the approach to treatment changes over time, and how various therapeutic interventions are applied in different situations.

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