21 Tips for Clients in Therapy (click here)
Why do I not do home based counseling?
It’s because I did that for years, simply because the people I worked for required that, and I think it is inferior. If you do wish for somebody to come to your home (other than me) please observe the following:
Do not schedule anything else at the same time as your appointment. If you need to do that, then please call the therapist’s office and re-schedule your appointment.
Please turn off the TV. If you make an appointment, do not make it at the same time you expect to be watching TV. The therapist’s time is valuable, and there is no reason s/he should wait a half hour for you to finish your show and be ready to see him or her.
Do not invite visitors at your appointment time. If you or your children have a friend there at the time of the appointment, please ask them to leave.
If the telephone rings, do not carry on a conversation. Please let the caller know you are in a meeting, and ask them to call back later. Please do not text or allow your children to text or play video games during the session.
If somebody comes to the door, handle it in the same way as with the telephone caller.
Please do not do housework at the same time as the scheduled appointment.
Do not go shopping at the same time as the scheduled appointment. If you will not be there, please call the counselor’s office and re-schedule.
If your children are up and down, please discourage them from going to the refrigerator or to the door to visit a friend who is there. If they are engaged in family therapy, keep them in the room, and discourage them from wrestling or otherwise playing.
If they are involved in family therapy, please be sure they come home in time to keep the appointment.
If you do all these things every time, the chance that the therapy will succeed is greatly enhanced.