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Part III: Seeking Solutions > Letting the Client make the Choice

Chapter 26. Letting the Client make the Choice

Reverend Stacy received a call from John and Mary Jones yesterday requesting a counseling appointment. One was arranged for this afternoon. Both John and Mary have been active congregation members for over twenty years. They have never asked for counseling before.

The approach was easy but the anxiety on Mary’s face was obvious. John seemed depressed. Getting them to talk openly about the problem took time but it eventually came out. John has had a deepening conflict with his superior at work and has been threatened with dismissal. His boss was recently promoted to president of the company, and now has even more control over John’s future. Reverend Stacy knew how serious the conflict was when John admitted he had been on sedatives for several months. After an hour of discussion, Reverend Stacy made the move to third base by saying: “Let’s list the alternatives to this unfortunate situation.”


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