at 21 Lydia Street, Kitchener
Chestnut Counselling provides psychotherapy to individuals either one-to-one or in the context of their relationship.
Individual and/or couple counselling/therapy with a unique approach. While most people believe there is something wrong with themselves or their marriage when they seek help, my approach works to use the problems as a step towards growth and increased self-awareness
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I sometimes hear people say they were reluctant to seek therapy because they didn't want someone to tell them what to do, how to run their life. They want to make their own decisions. I couldn't agree more. At least in how I work the last thing I would do is to tell people what to do. I don't think anyone is smart enough to know what is best for another person. And, even if you think you might be, you don't have to live with the consequence of your advice. When I'm asked how to pick a therapist I suggest: "Ask the person you are considering the following question. If you think we are just not compatible would you tell us?" The first response is often "That's a great question!" and then "What's the right answer?" I simply suggest they think about what a right answer would be. In my work I want people to make their own decisions and to have a free choice about those decisions. Often our decisions are constrained by feelings and beliefs. I help people become aware of those constraints and to decide if they like them or not. I help them to examine who benefits from the constraints and how they could address those "benefits" without having to live within the constraints. This conversation often moves into another, one about what they stand for. This is the notion that we stand up for what matters to us and because it does matter we are willing to accept the consequences of other people not necessarily liking or agreeing with our stand. This is a conversation about personal integrity.....a topic which often goes unrecognized and unspoken in many forms of therapy.