This is a blog. Here we'll learn about counseling and how to get a better experience from it.
A surgery team once said to a nervous patient, 'This is new to you. It's not to us.' That's normalizing and it allows space for the patient to be nervous and allows space for the doctors to express their comfort and skills. Counseling can be the same. Counselors are familiar with being challenging and being supportive. Being challenged or supportive may be unfamiliar or may have been negative to some clients. Normalizing both the familiarity of the counselor's role and the potential discomfort of the client sets the stage for effective therapy.
So here we go. Welcome to conscious change.