Telephone counseling is as old as the telephone itself. Every culture has its consultants, consiglieres, confidants and advisors in just about every area of society. Mental health is no exception. Sometimes we need to access a practicioner in a specialized field to get some professional and experienced advice, feedback, insight, encouragement, support, critical thinking; we need a consigliere, a consultant, an advisor, a counselor….to talk to….to talk with. Phone counseling fits conveniently and readily fits this need.
Using the telephone as a medium for ‘the talking cure’ is perfectly legitimate. In fact, it can be more effective than in-person. You are more comfortable in your own space than you would be in my office. Give a call. We’ll talk. Whatever the issue might be, it becomes more objectified and clarified in the dialogue. And I don’t even have to see you, or you me for that matter. In fact, I don’t even need to know your name. All I require is you to be forthcoming about the issues you would like to discuss, which is often quite easy in the comfort and privacy of your own home, office, car….from where ever you may be calling from. The talking cure is particularly effective in helping get unstuck. Moreover, it is easy, and can be fun. Creative mental health dialogue is not without humor.
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