Recently I was reading some interactions on Facebook. It occurred to me that folks might have different understandings about what Counseling is. So, I thought it time to share what Counseling is to me.
When I think of Counseling, what comes to mind is a state of active and deep listening. There is a presence of attention for the client. The filter that is turned on is always for the client. Let me tell you what even these concepts mean to me.
I do want to speak a bit about what Counseling is not. I do not ascribe to the concept of advice. I know that is in the dictionary for the term counseling. And, there are legal, financial, even credit counselors who may need to give advice.
My clients may have questions for me. They may need help interpreting a relationship, a career move, decisions in their life. But, my gift to them is always my active, deep, and attuned listening.
I do like to say if you want to know what to do listen to the John Tesh radio show. Most people are inundated with information. When they come to me, they are looking for a safe, skilled, attuned relationship. A trained professional who has the experience, knowledge, and background to listen well.
They are looking to “feel felt.” To experience themselves in a deep way that is deeply reflective of who they are. In this space, the healing happens naturally. What they have been carrying that is not them will organically float away. What is left is their True Self. The wonder of who they really are.
And, this, we celebrate together.
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