The Stance of Counselling

Effective counsellors work with confidence, authenticity, and ease. Their techniques feel like an extension of themselves and their interventions are supercharged, because clients respond to clarity and genuineness.

But what about those of us who feel like we are pulling treatments like a magician from a hat? How do we discover and build a clinical practice that is fully aligned with ourselves?

This course offers a method we have developed at Nightingale Counselling and Research for building internal clinical alignment, no matter who you are. Imagine feeling conviction and clarity in your clinical technique. Imagine feeling a clear direction towards the approaches that “fit”. Imagine transforming multi-modal eclecticism into a coherent practice in your own unique voice. We call this systemic coherence.

Clients can feel the difference.

Evidence shows that the central mechanism for creating therapeutic change is the client’s sense of consistency across their therapist’s beliefs, explanations, and techniques. In a clinical world of bewildering diversity and eclecticism of modalities, finding a coherent ground on which to stand is anything but a given.

There is a path to achieving systemic coherence. We call this “The Stance”. Learn how to build a clinical practice atop your unique constellation of beliefs, experiences, and assumptions about the world. Explore how these interact with the population, problems, and techniques that makeup clinical life.

In “The Stance” you will learn to:


how our beliefs and experiences interact—positively/productively or negatively/counter-productively—with various clinical treatments;


your personal alignment and create a clinical practice that is characterized by a feeling of flow;


clinical insecurity and demonstrate courage, confidence, presence, and ease to your clients;


your deeply held political, philosophical, and spiritual viewpoints with your clinical style.

These practices will:


your therapeutic outcomes by harnessing the felt sense of authenticity across the therapeutic relationship;


the therapeutic strength and endurance to sustain larger caseloads with less stress;


client conversions and retention while deepening therapeutic relationships.