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39 Years and Not a Person The Same

May 2, 2021

It 39 years.

That’s how long I have been working with people now – 39 years.

It never grows old, although admittedly, sometimes tough.

People tell me I have seen it all, but here’s the thing. I haven’t.

With 39 years of practice, although some face similar things, similar is not the same.

Each person is so unique. Each person’s circumstances are a mixture of their culture, faith, upbringing, health, community, education, experiences and more.

By the time you add at least those factors to the mix of our make-up, no two could ever be the same.

So with that, I have learned to listen. I have also learned the need to ask questions.

It is only by asking questions and learning about the person, their family, their life, their experiences, we can hopefully be a bit helpful.

It is in the untangling of all those factors, seeing connections and disconnections we may come to discover what may be at issue to distress. Then, we may be helpful. Not always, helpful, but always hopeful.

I am still learning at 39 years in.

Each person is my teacher.

Each person. No two the same.

With that, I am eager to continue and serve.

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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 or even help growing your practice. I am available in person and by video conferencing.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW for counseling and support – to build your successful practice

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, former 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 Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

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