Scott Burns Kahler
We make meaning of our experiences in and through conversations. We talk with ourselves -- usually, but not always, in silent thought -- and we talk with others. Some kinds of conversations generate meanings that enhance our sense of self-agency, and expand our sense of possibility; other kinds do not. In the latter cases, we often remain feeling overwhelmed -- stressed or depressed -- and stuck. My passion, whether in the context of psychotherapy, coaching, or supervision, is co-creating the kinds of conversations that make a difference. Consequently, when you and I talk, I will treat you as the expert on your own life and experiences, and on what you want to achieve in our time together. My own expertise lies in facilitating a collaborative, mutually-transformative process that grows out of me taking this stance, and you taking this opportunity. As we continue, I will ask questions, make comments, check understandings, and share my own thoughts out loud. I invite you to do likewise. I believe that change -- for all involved -- is the exciting and natural consequence of this kind of open, dialogical conversation. Are you ready for something different? If so, let's talk ...