Oh, that tricky word: "normal." What does that mean, anyway? When I hear my clients ask, "Is it 'normal' for [fill in the blank] to be happening?" or "Why can't my life/relationship/job/thoughts/feelings/etc. be 'normal'?", I always ask for what their definition of "normal" is. Of course, there is no definition that fits every scenario. What is "normal" for one person would be "abnormal" for another.

Many clients come to counseling because...
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