Althea Schottman

How to get the Best out of Counseling


As we work together, I can bring you many tools to help you bring about the changes you are seeking. At the same time, you are in charge of your own rate of progress. Here are some tips to make our time together both helpful and effective.

Create Your "Best Self"

Begin to create a vision of your "best self," that is, the way you would like to be if only you did not have the current problem or conflict.

Think of your best self both as an individual and as part of a couple.It might help to jot things down, such as your values, goals, strengths and weaknesses, gifts, personality and personality quirks. All of these play a part in your vision of your best self.

Do your fieldwork.

Each week you will be responsible for completing a simple assignment, such as some written work, or a new behavior to try out. Come prepared to discuss your successes and challenges as you fulfilled these assignments. It is not enough just to talk during a session. Real change comes about in your day-to-day living. Field work helps to keep counseling active and effective.

Keep yourself well and healthy.

Maintain a healthful level of exercise as well as of relaxation. Stay mentally stimulated by reading, playing or listening to music and spending time outdoors. Take time to be with friends as well as time alone. The idea is to reduce stress, as stress is an energy-robber. You will need energy to make the most of counseling. Do you use stimulants or depressants? This is a good time to eliminate or reduce their use. This will help you keep a clear head and be more able to benefit from the creative process of counseling.

I look forward to working with you and feel privileged to be a part of your journey toward growth and healing.

Let us make this time together effective and worthwhile.

Call me for an initial consultation at:
703-536-8896 or e-mail me at

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