Counseling is what we do with many of our clients. They come to us with a problem or an unrealized hope, sometimes they are at an impasse in their lives —with themselves or others important to them. We hear the issues, we evaluate how our client have sought change and we “counsel.”
We’ve seen clients who have had bad experiences with other counselors. This often boils down to one of two things: the therapist was biased, had set views and the client felt unrelated to as a person; or they just sat there, listening passively and never fully engaged the client. We try to ask the right questions, make the right comments, give our point of view where we think helpful and try to leverage the discussion to some more meaningful level. We want our client to actually learn something more about themselves, and those they love. We want our clients to feel our sessions together are worthwhile.
Good counselors listen and speak compassionately, but honestly. Good counselors will offer suggestions, even coach their clients. Past history is relevant when playing an active part in the client’s problems. Counseling is primarily a process whereby we talk together about “how” people are dealing with their problems and dilemmas and what is getting in the way of the change they seek.
We can and do offer sessions by telephone, email and skype for those clients who can’t come to our offices because of distance, business travel, illness, or those stuck at home with small children.
For more information on any of the techniques described here, we welcome you to contact us.