Your Most Important Hour - a Counseling TechniqueBy Dr. Richard Boyum
At appropriate times in counseling sessions with my college student clients, I say the following: "I would like you to think as we start today's session that this may be not only the most important hour of your day, your week, your month, your year, but perhaps...this hour may be the most important hour of your life. I want you to think of how what we work on today together may have a profound effect upon the direction your life will take. In reality, this hour is the most important hour of your life because it is here now. I would like you to begin our session with that thought in mind."
See if this type of pacing and leading technique might not be helpful for your clients as well.