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Five Counseling Theories and Approaches

Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Theory Psychoanalysis or psychodynamic theory, also known as the “historical perspective,” has its roots with Sigmund Freud, who believed there were unconscious forces that drive behavior. The techniques he developed, such as free association (freely talking to the therapist about whatever comes up without censoring), dream analysis (examining dreams for important information about the unconscious), and transference (redirecting feelings about certain people in one’s life onto the therapist) are still used by psychoanalysts today. Counseling@Northwestern uses this theory to train counselors, and it is embedded throughout the counselor training process. In general, psychotherapists and counselors who use this approach […]

Counseling Awareness Month

April is Counseling Awareness Month, which was established as an annual event by the American Counseling Association (ACA) in 2002. Both a time of advocacy for the profession and a celebration of the field’s accomplishments, Counseling Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity for professional counselors to reach...

What Can I Do With A Counseling Degree From Northwestern?

The Family Institute is a unique facility that combines therapy, academics, and research. It houses two highly selective graduate degree programs, in counseling and marriage and family therapy, conferred by Northwestern University. In addition to its affiliation with Northwestern, The Family Institute offers a range of...