Let me piggy-back on Donn’s last article by telling you a true story.
I had just moved to California, and I had a toothache. No longer able to get to my previous dentist in Georgia I began to hunt for a new one. So I called the first one—who turned out to be full of the current pop psychology. He informed me over the phone that on my first visit we would spend time getting acquainted, since I would be a new patient.
I protested, “But my tooth really hurts!”
“Yes, but we’ll get to that on the next visit,” was his answer.
Mine: “No we won’t. Sorry, I’ll find another dentist,” which I promptly did.
Just add this to Donn’s article as a footnote—a counselee wants help, not to get acquainted!