Small talk

Clients in counselling often report feelings of loneliness and isolation but are very reluctant to socialise for various reasons including fear,shyness,and anxiety.These issues can be addressed in a supportive therapeutic alliance.Sometimes people avoid socialising because they’ don,t like small talk’.They cannot see the point of it and it feels awkward,superficial,and a waste of time.However,like many challenges in life,it becomes easier to find the motivation to do something if you can see the purpose of it.’Small talk’ is actually a very effective method of edging up to and around people without taking too many risks of self disclosure whilst simultaneously checking out if this is someone you are interested to get to know better.Then it becomes worth the effort of pursuing that goal and having already established a bridgehead into a possibly deeper relationship.

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