We asked some brilliant folks to tell us about the best advice they’ve ever given to a client and have highlighted some of the responses below.
You are your best and only true advocate and your OWN best doctor when it comes to your body, your mind, and your health. I have been there. I have sat in a doctor’s office and was told I am fine. It’s all in my head. Exercise more. Go home and get some rest. Or my favorite, stop worrying so much and you’ll be fine. Read more>>
The best advice I have ever given to a client comes from a “homework assignment” that instantly improves the parent/child relationship. I call this homework assignment the “Ask Before Action” conversation. When a client contacts me for help, she’s frustrated, exhausted, and out of ideas. Nothing she’s doing is working, and her relationship with her child is suffering. Undesirable behavior has become habitual, so I invite Mom to initiate the “Ask Before Action” conversation at bedtime as follows: Read more>>
Be honest with yourself. This gave them the insight to connect their actions with the way they speak and articulate thoughts to themselves. The result was that they were able to stay committed to the fat loss process and lose 100 plus lbs. When the client was able to believe in her words and know they were grounded in truth then i as the professional saw the progression of her work ethic. Read more>>
I think the common perception of what I do is to give advice, but I don’t give a lot of advice as a therapist and teacher. I tend to spend time familiarizing you with an idea, and then teaching you how to listen to yourself and tune into your own inner knowing. There are some themes that I stick to though, and the ones that seem to connect for the most people are to “Check your motives.” and “Know what you value.” I think pretty much anyone can benefit from those two concepts. These probably seem a little cliche at first glance. Read more>>
I had a 23-year-old young woman come to see me for acne. She had started breaking out at just 10 years of age, and had struggled ever since. Not only did she have severe, inflamed active acne, but she had a great deal of scarring from the years of infections her skin had endured. She was at her wit’s end. She had tried a host of antibiotics that made her sick, topical medications that made her skin extremely sensitive and dry, and even six months of Accutane, Read more>>
Listen to your own gut. A therapist is a professional, but they can’t tell you what to do. They can help ask you the right questions to determine what the right course of action is for you. Clients are the experts on their own lives. My favorite thing to hear from a client is “that’a a great question”. That’s the biggest compliment I can receive. Read more>>