Ask a Therapist: How is counseling different from talking to my best friend?

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Ask a Therapist: How is counseling different from talking to my best friend?

On June 9, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist

Counseling is much different from talking to your best friend. Whether you realize it or not, your best friends, as supportive as they may be, always have some sort of “angle”. Let’s face it – they’re biased! They may want the best for you, and may know you so well, but they are probably speaking from their own experiences or perspectives. Plus, if talking to your best friend could solve your issues or problems, you already would have solved them!

This is why it is so immensely helpful to bring in a neutral third-party to talk to. A counselor or therapist can be this neutral support system. We don’t know you previously or in any other relationship, so we aren’t biased like many of the well-meaning, important people in your life like friends, partners, or family members.

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