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RUNNING HEAD: INTERVIEW WITH A COUNSELOR Interview With A Counselor Chelsea Valentine Counseling 601 Professor U. Greene October 18, 2010 1
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RUNNING HEAD: INTERVIEW WITH A COUNSELOR The Agency Self-awareness proved to be integral in attempting to find an agency where I would attempt to learn, to some degree, what a counselor actually does. I recognized that my exposure to the field of counseling would interfere with an objective and enlightening interview. Therefore, I chose to contact agencies that provided alternative methods to what I may be exposed to in my studies. After an extensive search, I finally connected with Dr. Linda Edge: a clinical psychologist in the Virginia Beach area. My nervousness in meeting Dr. Edge stemmed from the fact that I have never, in any capacity, met with a therapist. However, upon arriving at her Laskin Road office, Dr. Edge quickly made me feel comfortable. Prior to initiating my barrage of questions, Dr. Edge introduced me to what she referred to as her “eclectic practice.” While this practice has some of its underpinnings in more traditional therapies such as existentialism and cognitive-behaviorism, Dr. Linda Edge also incorporates the ideas of transpersonal psychology and integrated imagery techniques. This holistic approach is employed to address issues such as depression and anxiety disorders; dysthymia; relationship issues; adjustment disorders; and eating disorders in adults, couples, and adolescents. What is important, however, is that Dr. Edge does not put great emphasis on a clinical diagnosis. Rather, she helps answer questions about feeling stuck in the past, anxieties about the future, and powerlessness to change. During our conversation, Dr. Edge informed me that much of her client load consists of couples. While this 2
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