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Laura Massey

Assistant Clinical Director

My primary theoretical orientation is person-centered, however, when appropriate, I like to use solution-focused techniques. This theoretical approach aligns with my view that change occurs for people when the core conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness are present. Respecting each individual client and taking time to understand their unique qualities is quite important to the development of a therapeutic relationship.

 

Every client should be treated with dignity and given the responsibility of personal growth. I often apply motivational interviewing techniques when a directive style may be most beneficial in eliciting behavior change and assisting clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. The person-centered theory is multiculturally appropriate and puts the therapeutic relationship at the core of counseling. I am better able to assist clients when they feel safe and are willing to share their worldview.

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