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The New Directions For Life Podcast

Sep 13, 2020

In this episode, I attempt to tackle a very common question: How can we motivate change in others (especially those we are concerned about and close to)? As a professional counselor, this is a question I have continually sought an answer to myself… after all, this is the goal of counseling, right? Unfortunately, while there are some strategies that improve the odds of reaching those we care about and want to help (and I share a few of those strategies in this episode), the painful truth is, it is very challenging to reach someone who is simply not ready for the psychological struggles that are bound to accompany the change(s) that are necessary. In situations where this is causing us significant harm, our energy might be better utilized by working on the changes we need to make in order to protect ourselves when we are taking too much psychological damage waiting on the other person to make the changes we are needing in order to feel connected and feel safe in the relationship (psychologically or physically). This main topic discussion begins around 13:30, as I share just a little about what’s new with me and provide an update regarding the immediate future and plans for the podcast. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!

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Disclaimer: This podcast is intended to aid you in making the best determinations for yourself when it comes to your mental-health and general well-being. However, it is important to note that while I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado (USA), I am not recommending you follow any suggestion without the help of a qualified counselor or guide who knows your situation better than I do. Nothing discussed in these episodes constitutes “therapy,” and I am not acting as a “therapist” to anyone in this medium. These discussions are intended for an audience that has the outside therapeutic resources that may directly facilitate their own healing.