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Counseling Shouldn’t Be a Race Against Time

September 22, 2016

When people attend traditional counseling, they have to come back for that standard 50-minute session week after week before accomplishing anything. Each return visit also takes time to travel to and from. That is more time away from other areas of life and often more interference with work and other commitments.

With my approach people attend for up to three hours in a single session. You see, I always set aside a three hour chunk of time when I meet with people although I only bill for actual time used. That way we can typically end when it makes sense and not just because we ran out of time. That means we can often resolve issues in a single meeting.

If/when another meeting is advisable, it usually wouldn’t be for several weeks, typically four weeks later. This allows time for the information and experience from the first meeting to digest and gives people time to work with it.

Counseling doesn’t have to be a week after week endeavor. Indeed many people find that approach challenging because they may be required to leave the meeting when upset or on the brink of reaching an insight or in the middle of conveying their story.

People need time to unpack their story, for the counselor to ask questions and then for feedback and even guidance. I provide that kind of time.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Please check out my services and then call if you need help with a child behavior, relationship issue or upsetting life event.

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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 and Georgina 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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