Helping Clients Identify and Understand the Problem

HonnolDCounseling helps individuals who have achieved professional success but are personally unhappy -- often without knowing why.  Symptoms of distress provide a starting-point for understanding the problem, and a powerful motivation for change.

HonnolDCounseling will help you identify and understand the “symptoms” of your distress, including:

  • Lowered motivation, energy or mood;
  • Insomnia;
  • Difficulty concentrating at work;
  • Fantasies of “escape”;
  • Impulsivity (for example, angry outbursts) ;
  • Physical pain and discomfort, often mistaken for physical illness;
  • Procrastination or disorganization;
  • Feeling constantly stressed or “overwhelmed”;
  • Hyper-sensitivity to criticism;
  • Impaired personal relationships;
  • Nagging self-doubt;
  • Loss of enjoyment, passion and humor;
  • Sadness and despair; or
  • Abuse of substances (especially alcohol, drugs, sex and food) -- or overwork.

HonnolDCounseling can help you trace the “cause” of your symptoms to:

  • Difficulty setting limits on personal or professional demands;
  • Overwhelming burdens and responsibilities;
  • Dysfunctional management systems at work;
  • Inappropriate choice of work;
  • Financial stress;
  • Unresolved emotional issues;
  • Disappointments in personal life;
  • Fear of emotional or physical intimacy;
  • An estranged or broken relationship;
  • Disturbed family relationships; or
  • Sexual frustration, confusion or dysfunction.

If you feel “stuck,” discontent in one sector of life may cause disturbance in another:

  • Unhappiness in personal life may impair concentration at work;
  • Dissatisfaction at work may impair intimacy in personal life;
  • Unresolved distress in childhood, influenced by physical or genetic factors, can cause dissatisfaction both at work and in personal life.

Drawing on a unique, multi-disciplinary background and more than 30 years of clinical experience, HonnolDCounseling can help you identify the:

  • Most significant areas of personal and professional concern;
  • Source of your discontent;
  • Priority issues for attention;
  • Each issue’s degree of urgency; and the
  • Sequence in which issues should be addressed.  

HonnolDCounseling helps clients make sense of their “symptoms” and understand the underlying causes.  A careful assessment makes it possible to develop realistic goals that can help a client relieve distress and feel more relaxed, energetic and hopeful.

“Where [I] used to be,
There is a hole in the world,
Which I find myself constantly
Walking around in the daytime,
And falling into at night.”

— Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

If you’re unhappy but you don’t know why, how would you know where to begin?

Many successful professionals know only that more “success,” of the same kind they have already achieved, won’t make them happy