On Failure

I have a number of clients who seek me out because they feel like failures; they don’t have all the things they believe they ‘should’ have by a certain age. I like John Ortberg’s quote on this subject:

“Failure is not an event, but rather a judgement about an event. Failure is not something that happens to us, or a label we attach to things. It is a way we think about outcomes.
Failure is an indispensable, irreplaceable part of learning and growth. Here is the principle involved: Failure does not shape you; the way you respond to failure shapes you”.

It is that response to failure, or perceived failure, that clients can work through in therapy.

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About Annette Ansell

Annette Ansell Helping you create a better future for yourself I am a Client-Centred counsellor/psychotherapist with 18 years experience of working with individuals and couples. I work from my consulting rooms in Fleet Street, EC4, within The City of London, near the Royal Courts of Justice, the Old Bailey and financial hub of London. I also have a private practice in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire. Pic believe that we are all unique and therefore the only real experts on ourselves. I believe we can all be trusted to find our own way through our problems, anxieties and life crises if we are listened to empathically, non-judgementally, with a non-directive approach and willingness from the therapist to put herself fully into attempting to understand and empathise with what our situations are like for us, and what our individual meanings and experiences truly are. The power of witnessing someone's story should never to be underestimated.

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