Today's Blog Post
As your mental health counselor and life coach:
#1: I never assume any of your previous diagnoses are correct. Why? Up to 40% of all diagnoses are incorrect (which go on your permanent medical record). Also, I do not formally/legally diagnose clients. Why? Please read answers at link:
#2: The notes I take, and keep in your file, are private and confidential. I have had (e.g., boyfriend and girlfriend, parents, and spouse's) request client information. There are few exceptions; However, mental health laws and ethical standards prohibit me from sharing client information.
#3: I never overreact to client information -- reaction, judgement, criticism, etc., is not my job; however, if you harm yourself or others, I may need to react in a pro-health/safety manner.
#4: I do not excessively notice non-verbal cues -- some counselors will question why your foot is tapping, or arms crossed, etc. This is phony, woo-woo science.
#5: I never pretend to follow your story, and if I do not understand, I will ask for clarification, details, etc.
#6: I am not perfect -- I admit my mistakes.
My job is to help you be the best you! To see if my style and services meet your needs, please feel free to contact me for a free 50 minute consultation (either in person or video).
Continue reading: About Me, Part Two