Author: Kathy J Marshack, PhD

Making The Most of Psychological Consultation

The other day, a client came into my office and sat down in the rocking chair, she crossed her arms and asked, “Well, what do you want me to talk about today?” Her response reminds me that many clients of professional consultation, particularly psychological consultation, do not know how to use the consultant’s time. Paula’s questions reveals her belief that the consultant is in complete charge of the relationship, can read her mind, and has ready advice for every contingency. It is understandable that people put this much power into the hands of their consultants. If you have a...

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Is It Perfection Or Achieving Your Personal Best?

As the ball flew past the keeper into the goal for the second time, I watched the young player burst into tears and cover her face in shame. My heart went out to this ten-year-old. Even though she has been told a hundred times that it takes a whole team to make a goal or to defend the net, she felt the burden of responsibility for losing the game. Rightly or wrongly, she realized that the “buck stops here.” She had failed her team. She and everyone knew it. Perfectionism is the bane of performance whether it is in...

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