Patty vs Leslie

When therapists are wrong

When you look at the ethical guidelines for therapists a whole lot of them are in place to address the power imbalance between therapist and client. In the minds of our clients, the things we therapists do or say hold greater weight than the same thoughts that, say, your hairdresser or mechanic might offer. (Except when it comes to how …

When kids are wrong

I think my son was four when he decided he had to be right about everything. Four is generally the time when kids find their inner sassy. (Some kids get there earlier; some kids are born full of sass.) Anyway, he was around four and suddenly he was always right and I was always wrong. He’d make wrong statements full …

Why therapy works: The Therapy

I’m not going to use this post to get into the different counseling theories; I’m going to be much more general here because it almost doesn’t matter what theory your counselor uses as long as you both genuinely commit to the process. That’s not to say that all therapies are created equal or that counseling is one big placebo effect. …