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Thinking of Counseling? Approach and Experience Matters.

February 3, 2016

Every counselor has their own unique style, but virtually every counselor works within the confines of the standard 50-minute session. I don’t.

I wouldn’t want my surgeon kicking me off the table saying we’ll take the scalpel out next week and I don’t want my clients to feel that our meeting ends just as we get into an issue, so I always set aside 3 hours for my meetings. This means we usually end where it makes sense rather than arbitrarily for running out of time. I bill for actual time used. If we are only 20 minutes, that’s what I bill for. If we need more time, we have it and I bill accordingly.

The benefit is in the immediacy of help and not feeling like we have to use a third of the next session to remind of what transpired the week before as we continue week-after-week. The folks I see like this. Many have had the experience of feeling like they have ended sessions too soon – before getting anywhere. They appreciate the ability to end where it makes sense having gotten something from the meeting.

Rarely then do I see people week-to-week. Because we can unpack so much in a single meeting and that I do provide feedback and guidance, clients may not return until several weeks after, if they do. Very often because of this approach, a single session is sufficient to address their needs.

My approach to counseling also means that I rarely have a wait-list (actually never). I typically can see people within a week or two, assuming some flexibility of schedule.

If you or a family member or friend is grappling with an issue, please check out my services and then give me a call. You will see that I explain all services provided and include information about fees so you can determine cost. While counseling is not a guarantee that problems will be solved, it is a sophisticated approach that is genuinely helpful to a good many people.With 33 years of service, you can bet I have heard a story or two and have a depth of experience to bring to your situation.

“Gary actually asks questions, lot’s of questions, more than any other therapist I saw before and then he gives you feedback on what he learns about you. In one session, I learned more with him than in years of therapy with anyone else.”

BTW – Not only do I have two locations (Dundas and Georgina Ontario) I am available by SKYPE.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships.

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