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When people come to me for counseling, I hope they feel less like they’re talking to a counselor and more like they’re talking to a human being.  Yes, a counselor needs to have “counselor knowledge” and “counselor skills,” and I have spent much time and energy to acquire them.  But through the years, as I have studied and trained, it has been important to me to integrate counseling knowledge with my personal history and experience so that I know not just how “a counselor” responds to various situations, but how “I” respond.  There are undoubtedly times when I sound like a counselor (at least that’s what my kids tell me), but what I think helps people most is when they experience me as a real person.