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I first went to see Bill more than 10 years ago and his advice was extremely helpful. I had never visited a psychotherapist for counseling before seeing Bill, so I did not know what to expect. I was really surprised at how easy it was for me to talk to him about my problems and at how well he was able to discern the underlying causes. His advice to me was always right on target -- plus he's a really nice guy. I never hesitated to recommend him to my friends. A few years ago I had a financial setback and discontinued my sessions with Bill. After a period of time I felt I needed help again, so I went to see several counselors whose fees were covered under my health insurance program. I never went to see one more than twice -- Bill had raised my expectations to a point where I was unwilling to waste my time with someone less capable. I recently returned to see Bill and was amazed at the instant rapport he established with me after the long absence. It's a relief to know I'm back in good hands -- Bill is simply the best.
Posted: 3/16/2008 • Last edited: 4/28/2008 • Link to this review
I'm always glad to get the feedback that I'm easy to talk to because sensitive personal issues are often difficult to address and I want to make it easy to discuss anything with me. I also value the rapport I build with clients so we can get right to the heart of issues whether we saw each other last week or a decade ago. My clients make my work very personally rewarding.
When I found Bill Herring on this site, I was in a very bad place - deeply depressed and almost hopeless. I had experienced chronic depression for years which had worsened with career and financial hardships. I was reluctant to start therapy over after losing my previous person, who died suddenly. Our work has been both profound and affirming. Bill is wonderfully empathic. Although this work is hard at times, my therapy is extremely healing and helpful and I look forward to our sessions. Bill has brought fresh resources to me that help me between our sessions and has also affirmed the use of other life resources I too often forget. Perhaps most important, he is open to my feedback about our sessions and modifies his approach to what is working for me. Life is MUCH better since working with Bill and I recommend him very highly.
Posted: 2/15/2008 • Link to this review
Thank you for taking the time to post this heartfelt review. Depression saps the energy out of life and makes even everyday tasks so much harder to face. It means the world to me to help a person emerge from the dark blanket of overwhelming sadness that is depression. I also appreciate the comment about my flexibility and openness to feedback so that I can modify my approach in a personalized manner to fit each situation.
He has a tendency of yanking money out from your hands. Talking on the phone during sessions and charging for the time that has been used for his personal phone calls. He has a tendency to be rude during sessions. Just not for me.
Posted: 12/29/2007 • Last edited: 9/01/2012 • Link to this review
I wish this client had shared these concerns to me directly. It's not unusual for issues to arise about the nature of the therapy relationship. I make it as easy as possible for clients to share their feelings with me by being receptive to such feedback and actively encouraging it from the first meeting. Clients who are reluctant to share concerns with me in person for whatever reason can safely give me feedback through a confidential survey on my website. I'm surprised that I didn't provide enough suggestions or achieve deep-enough focus in this case, since both of these approaches are central to how I operate. I hope this person found another counselor to successfully work through the issues that are troubling to her. ----- 9/01/12 UPDATE: I'm confused because I received an automatic notification that this review had just been updated so that it has changed from how it was originally written in 2007. It worries and saddens me to realize that somebody may continue to hold a resentment against me after all these years. I hope that the following words are helpful in healing this wound: I've come to realize with regret that at times in my career I've been overly direct and not tactful enough about something I said, resulting in hurt feelings without anything helpful or healing to show for it. I've had clients tell me things I previously said to them that I regretted when I heard them mirrored back to me. This must have happened to other clients who never told me and instead left my office carrying a bitter sting. This is hard but absolutely necessary for me to acknowledge. I can still remember the resentment I felt for several years toward a therapist who didn't honor my feelings when I told him that I didn't like something he said. I don't want to do the same thing, so I sincerely apologize to the person who took the time to write this review. If you are saying it, surely others have thought it. I need to always carefully consider the lasting impact of what I say or do in my relationship with every client, and I'm sorry this didn't happen with you. Since you don't feel like you got any value from our work please contact me if you'd like me to refund your money, which I'll be glad to do it. ----- Having said all that, I can't remember or even imagine that I have ever engaged in a non-urgent personal call during a session. That's just so far from my core values as a therapist that this part of the review totally stumps me.
Bill is a kind, caring, insightful and effective counselor. There is a depth to his spirituality and counseling that helped me to understand the healing process more fully and my place in it. I recommend Bill wholeheartedly.
Posted: 12/03/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I love the concept expressed by this writer that effective therapy includes understanding and finding the best way to actively contribute to your own healing. I deeply appreciative this recommendation.
I first met Bill when I was in my second abusive marriage. Our goal was to learn why I attracted these relationships and then stayed for years. I am not sure an abusive relationship should be saved, but I strongly resisted the idea of a second divorce. Failure again. I was able to relate to Bill intellectually and emotionally and share my fears, shortcomings, failures and learn to grow beyond them. I learned to be happy with me. I also learned how to be a better parent and friend. Bill was always supportive and honest, a very difficult balance. My life was changed through his help. I am happy on the inside. It shows on the outside. People used to describe me as reserved and snooty, now I am called happy and bubbly. We all have challenges. I am now able to handle mine as they come along.
Posted: 8/31/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Moving and heartfelt testimony like this strengthens my ability to trust my therapeutic instincts and my desire to bring my best abilities to my clients each day. I'm very grateful life brought me to this work. After 20 years I feel like I'm just hitting my stride.
I first visited Bill in 2003 during a huge family crisis. I immediately felt a comfort level and I remember on my first phone conversation that he said his goal is to "roll up our sleeves and uncover what's going on", which meant that he wasn't interested in just prolonging our counseling sessions for his monetary benefit as so many other professionals may do. During this time, Bill also counseled my husband and 2 children, both individually and as family. He kept our sessions confidential and there was never the feeling that any boundaries had been crossed, which must have been quite difficult as a therapist. I absolutely endorse all of the other reviews in this site, so I won't reiterate what's already been said. I would, however like to highlight two amazing experiences in therapy, which will illuminate Bill's heart and soul.... During a period where things were dismal, at one point Bill said that"if I was able to get better he would trade that and "pay me" what I pay him, while suffering through a major depression. Another example of his compassion was his offer to come and pay a home visit while also having a relapse and when I had isolated myself and wasn't doing very well. How many people do we know who have this kind of love and compassion for their clients??? I believe that the above speaks volumes to Bill's incredible commitment to be willing to go to any length to facilitate the health and well being of his clients. Bill, you're a Godsend to us!!
Posted: 8/25/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
It humbles and honors me when clients can remember some meaningful interaction I may not remember until they bring it up. I've held a session in a client's home only twice in 20 years, as well as a few hospital visits. And it's true that I can't justify taking a client's money if they don't experience improvement after doing extended work with me. I thrive on seeing my clients improve, it thrills me when it happens.
Bill Herring has counseled me for more years than I can remember - which tells you that I consider Bill part of the fabric of my life. I was in crisis when I first visited Bill and he helped me walk through that crisis which, at that stage in my emotional growth, I had to do with my eyes closed. Over the years, Bill has walked beside me and helped me face the unfaceable with my eyes wide open and grow because of it. Bill has remained steadfast in his support of my sometimes fearful and sometimes brave efforts to become a person I never imagined I could be. Bill's counseling is usually gentle and often humorous, but don't think that he won't get up in your face and speak truth when it needs to be done - even if you don't want to hear it. If you're looking for someone who sits across the room and doesn't engage but rather nods their head and says "and how does that make you feel?" Don't go to see Bill. If you're looking for someone who is direct, insightful, compassionate, and ready to meet you wherever you are emotionally and help you work through whatever issues you are facing then you would do well to see Bill Herring.
Posted: 8/23/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I've often said that many of my clients are among the most courageous people I have ever known -- not because they never felt fear but because they've been gripped by it and continued to put one foot in front of the other. So even if you read this and don't end up coming to see me, don't ever give up your efforts to learn and grow, and have faith that with the right help things will get a lot better for you in the future.
Mr. Herring was very highly recommended to me by a therapist I know at a time when serious unemployment problems were turning into even more significant personal problems. Mr. Herring is kind, patient, and a very good listener, but he does not simply listen and tell you what he thinks you may want to hear. Instead, with the great clinical intuition and perception he has, he gets an objective picture of what is going on with you, and how external events and your reactions to them are causing problems in your life. He then tactfully helps you to understand the things he sees operating in your life which are contributing to your unhappiness. This is ideal, because you don't just "feel good" when you leave Mr. Herring's office because someone has been sympathetic with you, but instead you leave with more of an objective idea of why you're unhappy or having problems, and you are also armed with some ideas about things you can do to change your situation for the better. The therapy process with Mr. Herring is extremely helpful, and I would very strongly recommend him to anyone. He is very easy to talk to, and extremely good at what he does, at a time when there are people in virtually every profession who are really not that good, and just see you as a dollar sign. If there are some things in your life which are bothering you and which you want to work on changing, you will not regret consulting Mr. Herring.
Posted: 5/25/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I'm deeply appreciative of this well-written and thoughtful review. It's beneficial and gratifying to know what qualities my clients find most helpful. I try to never forget that beyound all the theories and styles of counseling, the most important goal for me is to be fully 'present' with my clients and to be the kind of provider I would want to have in my life if the tables were turned.
I can't say enough good things about Bill. Each time I visit it's like being washed in clean, cool water. Okay, sometimes the water is ice cold but that's why I'm there. Our exchanges are safe, comforting, enlightening and confirming. When I first met Bill he said he would be my Sherpa for the climb I was embarking on. I'm at peace with the steps I've taken to date. I trust the step I'm taking now. I am hopeful for the steps we review together in future.
Posted: 5/08/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I marvel at conversations clients remember long after they are spoken. For those who don't know, "Sherpas" are Himalayan guides renowned for their expert ability in getting people safely to the top of the highest mountain and back down again. I love that metaphor for my work with clients. It all starts with one single step!
I was a victim of sexual abuse and suffer from an eating disorder. Bill's number one quality is that he knows how to listen. All it took was for me to speak and Bill gave valuable guidance. He always knows how to help. He cares about his clients so much that if he doesn't feel he is giving you enough help he will guide you to where you can recieve the help you need.
Posted: 3/13/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Thank you for this kind note. I want my clients to receive the best care possible, and sometimes that means another provider is better for a particular problem than I am. In those cases I'd rather make a referral to that provider instead of giving the client less than they deserve. The most important goal is for the client to get the service possible.
I have been seeing Bill for 3 1/2 years. I am a recovering alcoholic with all of the issues that come with that - low self-esteem, dishonesty, irresponsibility, low motivation, etc. Bill has seen me through my many ups and low downs throughout the years. He is wonderful. I find him intelligent, caring, knowledgeable of addition and how to treat it. He has saved my life on more than one occassion and manages to do it with a bit of a sense of humor, which has been important for me. My husband visits Bill on occassion with me to get help himself. I have a huge amount of trust and respect for Bill. I look forward to continuing with him over the years.
Posted: 3/03/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Addictions are among the hardest problems of life to face. I greatly admire people who bravely move from the self-deception of denial to the honesty and character growth that comes with recovery. In addition to counseling I often encourage clients struggling with alcohol, drug and sex addictions to regularly attend 12-step groups for the experience, strength and hope they offer. The road to recovery is not to be taken alone!
On more than one occasion Bill has pulled me out of the swamp. I have gone to MANY therapists over the years, but none have made it so easy to be so honest. I have never felt judged by Bill...I have only felt that he truly wanted to help me by teaching me new skills to handle what life presents to me. I have not seen Bill in a bit, but know that I am always welcome and that we could pick up right where we left off. He KNOWS my story, he pays attention and he cares.
Posted: 2/07/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Most of us who travel along life's journey venture into "the swamp" at some point. That's when it's time to find a guide to get back onto the right path, and gain some tools to keep going in the right direction. I'm glad when I can provide that assistance.
The term "life changing experience" is often overused in today's society. That said, working with Bill Herring truly changed my life. He is a sincere, caring professional, and if he cannot help you he will find someone who can. Though I have not worked with him in a couple of years, I still find myself quoting him on a regular basis. He gave me the tools to deal with the issues I needed to deal with. It did change my life- straight up!
Posted: 1/25/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
It thrills me to know that some of the talks I've had with clients are still meaningful to them long after we've stopped meeting together. I get to meet extremely interesting people who I come to admire very much, and to have a hand in their personal growth means the world to me.
I've been seeing Bill for over four years now, and he has been one of the most helpful things to get me through what has been probably the most difficult part of my life. I continue to see him reguarly, and if you are looking for a therapist to be comfortable with who will talk to you and give you advice when you need it, I very much recommend seeking him out!
Posted: 1/11/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Thank you. To witness a young adult develop into a mature and self-aware human being far beyond what I was able to achieve at the same age nurtures my faith in the future of our society and planet.
My husband and I met with 3 different therapists (a psychiatrist, a PhD and a LCSW) in order to find a person whom we both felt comfortable with (my husband not being a big believer in therapy) and whom we felt would be perceptive and experienced enough to tackle the serious relationship, sexual and parenting issues that have come up since the birth of our first child. Bill initially struck us as a direct, honest, and insighful therapist with a good sense of humor. On our first meeting he suggested immediate behavioral changes that probably kept my husband and I together and brought us to a place where we could begin to communicate again. In particular, as a couples therapist Bill has a way of communicating a thought in several different ways until it makes sense to both my husband and I (who can approach things very differently). Bill is a great therapist and I believe has done what no other therapist could have done - which is show my husband and I a commom ground where can now meet and begin all the hard work involved in repairing and maintaining our relationship. I would highly recommend him to any individual or couple looking to work hard to change the things in their lives that they want to change.
Posted: 11/28/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Heartfelt remarks like these leave me extremely moved momentarily speechless and I'm deeply appreciative for the time and effort it obviously took to post such a deeply personal review.
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