My clients and I tell each other the truth as we see it. Our truths likely change over time as we gain more insight and understanding.
My clients and I collaborate. Many problems clients bring to me can be solved in a short time through empathic, rational discussion, or the application of proven techniques. However, we are all the product of a long interaction between our environment and our unique selves. Many problems require a healing relationship with a therapist over time as well as developing insight into behavior.
Many clients come to therapy with unnecessary fears about the extent of their problems. I do not sit with my clients and nod occasionally and ask “How does that make you feel?” I interact. I do not believe it is necessary that clients waste precious time suffering when I could alleviate their suffering by giving them some simple information – for example, about what constitutes “normal” behavior. It is true that most profound change occurs when clients experience great truths and insights about their lives at a deep feeling level, rather than through hearing something I say. But state-of-the-art techniques, for example in treating anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors, have been demonstrated to often be more effective than long-term traditional talk therapy.