I’m often surprised to hear about client’s negative past experiences in counseling so I want to debunk some common misconceptions and tell you about what the process is like when you come into my office.
First off, I like to think that my office is pretty cool and not at all stuffy or sterile. What you can expect from me is ease and authenticity. I’m professional but I’m not uptight. I love what I do and I’m comfortable with what I do and I believe that breeds honesty, openness, and acceptance. You will not be judged or criticized in my office. You might be challenged but you will always be supported. You will have the space to talk about what you need to
talk about and I will ask questions and contribute my ideas, thoughts, and perceptions, and plug in a little specific knowledge when it applies.
As a client you are invited to let me know if I am heading in the wrong direction or if you need a different approach then the one I am using and I promise to make accommodations and not take offense. We are, after all, a team. And counseling is the perfect place to try out new ways of thinking and being without a fear of failure. There may be tears, there may not, but there almost always will be at least some laughter. And you will, in all likelihood, leave with some new skills and a increased sense of hope.