The Nourishment Model of Counseling

Healing from within…

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

By Jon Keyes


The practice of counseling is based on the idea that the simple act of in depth conversation can lead a person to develop profound insights that can lead to transformative changes and improvement in emotional wellbeing.  Essentially, the process of modern counseling is based on an intellectual premise that words and thoughts underlie experience- and by changing one’s limiting beliefs and personal narrative, a healing metamorphosis can take place.

The modern talk-based model of healing emotional distress really began in the early 1900’s when the practice of psychology was first developed by Freud, Jung, Adler and others.  These early psychoanalysts focused on the idea that by examining early family dynamics, the subconscious and childhood trauma, insight could be gleaned that would lead to personal transformation and the cessation of “neurotic tendencies.”

Though most counselors do not use these early Freudian psychoanalytic theories in their practice, they still…

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