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Counseling – The Value is Your Well Being

January 19, 2017

I see people in the comfort of my home and we have a medium size dog, a cock-a-poo.

This is the first dog my wife and I ever owned. Kugle’s good behavior and our ability to train him didn’t come naturally. We really didn’t know how to train him.

Because we needed help, we went to McCann Dogs – a reputable dog training school. We went with our dog. We trained our dog as they trained us.

While we could have satisfied ourselves with just the introductory puppy class, we went through their entire program over the course of about a year and at a cost of about $1,500.00.

We realized that the more we invested in him as a puppy and young dog, we would have a more manageable and well mannered dog for the rest of his life.

As a result, Kugle is remarkably well-mannered. Kugle lays down when people enter our home and must receive our permission before greeting. We respect that not everyone is a dog lover and others may have allergies, although this breed is less allergenic. With permission, Kugle enthusiastically makes his greeting. People are amazed how he awaits permission and follows instruction.

Although some have spent more, on average most people typically spend less on counseling with me than we spent to be trained with our dog. However, people are often reluctant to attend counseling because of the cost.

I can only tell you that while no counselor is always helpful to everyone, we are helpful to most and I encourage you to consider counseling as an investment in yourself, your relationship, your family, your children. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one or a relationship, please do seek help.

Value yourself and your relationship enough to figure out how to better manage or cope or get along or improve behavior. This is your investment in you.

Kugle is a star. On a weekly basis we take him to a local seniors’ residence where he spreads the joy as a certified therapy dog through St. John Ambulance, Therapy Dog Program. He now has more than 300 visits to his credit.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship, divorce or separation issue. I am available in person and by Skype. Costs are posted on each webpage describing my services.

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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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