Whether your search for a therapist stems from

  •   a specific crisis,

  •   a chronic long-term problem,

  •   a deep desire to live life more fully,

  •   or all three  -  take a look here.

Here is the kind of therapy you want, when therapy is what you need.  I love my work, and have been doing it well 41 years now.  My skills best represent the human side of the therapist’s art - caring, flexible and open, yet competent and professional.

Take a look inside this website.  There’s a lot of information here to help you get to know me better and for your own use to enrich your life.

It represents help for you to accomplish that creative combination of

   (a)  what your heart desires, and

   (b)  what is right for you.

Bill McDonald


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Types of Counseling

You may be going through a specific crisis or difficult life transition. Maybe you're suffering from a chronic long-term dysfunction and want to finally make some healthy and/or necessary changes in your life.
Couples / Marriage
Only within the last half century has couples or marital therapy become a distinct discipline of its own. (Notwithstanding, some of the secrets of good marital counseling have been around for hundreds or thousands of years.
Children / Adolescents
Counseling Children and Adolescents is a distinct therapeutic art in itself.
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The Two Levels of Reality and the Lesson of Israel

Let me begin with an illustration. Let's say I ask a particular person (person A) this question: "How are you feeling today?” And he answers, “I’m feeling depressed.” That's a level one question – a data-level question, and he gives me a data-level answer - “depressed.” Now I ask him a second, meta-level or meaning-level question - “How do you feel about feeling depressed? “ And he answers - ”depressed.” An honest question and a simple answer.

Now I'll ask another person the same level one question – "How are you feeling today?" And he honestly answered me – "depressed.” then I asked him the second level or meaning level question. “How do you feel about being depressed? " He answers, “It’s OK, I’ll get over it.”

The base reality is the same (fixed), but the meaning-level reality can differ. That’s why I call it “the two levels of reality.”

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