Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Counseling 101

Have you ever had to counsel someone and really, really, really, wanted to say this to them?




I know those of us in the ministry can NOT counsel like this,but, please tell me, I am not the only one who has been tempted to do it!

23 comments:

Pam said...

LOL It would be oh so much more efficient that way and simpler wouldn't it!?
I love Bob Newhart! Did you know he was Craig Hughes' favorite comedian? Once while here on vacation, he bought some of Bob Newhart's videos! I thought you'd like that little bit of trivia!
I also wanted to tell you that I think you're gonna LOVE the post I just put up on my blog tonight!

Findalis said...

Good advice from any one.

LOL

KG said...

Classic!
And I must confess--that's my style of counselling. :-)

gecko said...

Lol, love it! I've not been quite so blunt, but we DO need more of it, there certainly would be less neurotic people around ;)

Tori said...

Oh that would be the life. You know until we came to Croatia I didn't know there were so many "psychologically challenged" people in the world.
Wouldn't it be nice just to be able to say "STOP IT!"?

Brenda said...

This is one of my favorites :)

Jackie said...

What?!? We're not supposed to give this kind of councel? Ooops.

Rhonda in Chile said...

That's me!!!! That's exactly what I say....or....what I wish could say. I get so tired of people complaining non stop about their problems which they have no desire to fix. They just want a shoulder to cry on, and then go on with the same old-same old. And all I want to cry out is "Stop IT!!!!!!!"

Pat said...

Confession: Yes, "Stop It" was often on my mind and lips int he course of dealing with some "hard cases"....you hear the same thing in session, after session, and when they did not hear what you advised, made the "round robin circuit" of clal all their friends until someone agreed with their stance!!

Yep, five finutes and two words---what a wonderful world!!LOL

(P.S. I am compassionate and spend as much time as necessary in counsel and prayer for those God send my way!!)

Betty said...

Thanks for the laugh! I needed it!

The Hermit said...

I knew a preacher up here, he counseled one of the church ladies so well they both took off and went to another state together. He must have been a mighty good counselor.

Heather Wheelock said...

I'm young in the ministry so I enjoy every opportunity to get some wise counsel from those more experienced than myself. I THOUGHT that was the right way to do it :-) Thanks for the affirmation :-)

Pam said...

Hermit's story made me laugh!

Pam said...

Rita, for a heart touching blessing, visit HappyMama's blog and watch the video clip she posted on Monday. Your heart will be blessed!

Barbara H. said...

I've loved that clip for a long time -- I imagine we all have moments where we'd like to counsel like this!!

Dawn said...

I have always liked Bob - mostly when he played the psychologist. It is pretty good advice, but doesn't seem to work very well most of the time! Thanks for a good laugh.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

J Mom, you have no idea how many times I have wanted to do just that, especially when I have had people come to me with problems, but just wouldn't listen to any advice, you know the type, "Woe is me".

Bob Newhart makes it seem so easy. Thanks for the laugh.

Kathy said...

Another good one Rita! :) Reminds me of a cartoon I saw that expresses what teachers sometimes WISH they could say--During a Parent/Teacher Conference a teacher is talking to some parents: "Your daughter is a pain in the .....!"

Shane Rios said...

STOP IT!LOL!

MightyMom said...

I've heard Dr Phil say that he quit seeing regular patients cuz he had no patience with his patients as he'd tell them how to get better...then they'd show back up the next week wihtout havig done what was needed to get better...tis how he ended up picking juries..which, of course, led him to Oprah.

I'd just love to tell quite a few of my patients to STOP IT. Matter of fact, I've been known to do so...on very particular occasions. ;-)

Joy in the Burbs... said...

I've never seen that before. That is very funny. I love Bob Newhart. Too bad that advise can't be given more often. I think it sums it up.


Joy

Gringo said...

Ironically, this is not so far from some cognitive behavioral treatment programs, where one is supposed to say STOP when an inappropriate thought enters one's mind, as a way of derailing the thought.

Ex: "I am a total failure STOP!". Instead of going on for ten minutes ruminating about one's failures....

theotherryan said...

That is totally hilarious.