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Couple Counseling? Maybe in time….

Gary Direnfeld

I recently declined two requests for couple counseling. Couple counseling can be an intense setting where issues are laid bare. Interestingly, in both cases the callers were prepared to continue with couple counseling despite their disclosures of untoward behavior. I suggested individual counseling in both cases.

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Couple Counseling: Is It Safe?

Gary Direnfeld

It’s not uncommon for me to decline a request for couple counseling. Couple counseling can be an intense experience. When concerns are evident about the safety and integrity of couple counseling, individual counseling may be required to address the areas of concern to prepare the persons for couple counseling.

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Think Beyond Counseling for Your Teen

Gary Direnfeld

While you or someone else may think a particular teen needs counseling, it doesn’t mean it will be helpful. Counseling is one of those things that simply works best when attended on a voluntary basis by someone who self-identifies a need as well as a desire. Think beyond counseling. Looks good, does nothing.

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Before Sending Your Kid to Counseling….

Gary Direnfeld

While I am pleased so many parents value counseling and want it for their kids, do know that it is not always helpful and indeed, can be harmful. Many kids interpret counseling as them having done something bad for which they must now talk to someone. Counseling in those situations won’t affect the cause.

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Counseling and Change

Gary Direnfeld

That is the objective of all counseling whether it is how one thinks, feels or behaves. gary@yoursocialworker.com www.yoursocialworker.com for counseling and support. Regardless of the counselor and their approach, at the end of it all is the person who attends doing something different. Doing something different.

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Counseling? His Turn, Her Turn

Gary Direnfeld

He went to counseling just as she wanted. Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW gary@yoursocialworker.com www.yoursocialworker.com for counseling and support www.garydirenfeld.com – to build your successful practice Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. He had to address his anger. He learned to take a break if conflict arose.

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The Gottman Approach to Couples Counselling

Prosper Health Collective

The Gottman Approach is scientifically informed method of couples counselling. It is quite different from couples counselling portrayed in TV shows, which can make the therapist look rather interpretative in nature and the arbiter of who is ‘right’ and who is ‘wrong’. However, many private health funds do offer a rebate.