Dealing with Difficult People
Do you have someone in your life who makes you feel helpless, angry or endlessly confused? This might be a contentious neighbor, frustrating employee or supervisor, or a mentally ill member of your own family who refuses treatment. Sometimes people seek therapy or consultation services, not because of their own psychological issues, but because they are in regular contact with someone who behaves in an incomprehensible or out-of-control manner. Sometimes the goal is learning how to better avoid confrontation; other times, it is determining whether there is a way to help the friend or family member get the help that they so clearly need. I have extensive experience in helping clients determine what CAN be done in these cases and then to strategize interventions that are likely to improve the situation (both for the client and the "difficult person.") If this describes you or someone you are close to, consider setting up a one-time consultation session to talk about this in greater detail. Often these problems can be addressed in a few sessions; other times it takes longer for the client to determine what he or she is willing and able to do. Send me an email or give me a call and we can discuss it further.