Do you offer advice?

The short answer is no.

 

At Hollings Therapy, LLC, we appreciate how succinctly one person summed up this matter by stating, “[G]iving advice is not psychotherapy.” As another source clarifies, psychotherapy functions as a “tool that guides people in making their own decisions.”

 

Another separate resource accurately reports, “Providing advice can increase the client’s dependence on the counselor.” Additionally, per one individual, “Therapists may be encouraging clients to use the therapist’s values to make their decisions rather than exploring their own values.”