PRESS RELEASE: Newnan, GA (11/15/2013) – In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the fleur–de–lis came to symbolize rebirth, regrowth and a new beginning for the city of New Orleans. So when Lee Abbott relocated to rural Georgia to open a small private counseling practice, he knew exactly what to call it: Fleur de Lis Counseling Center.
“I liked the idea of that and how it could be applied to my clients,” says Abbott. “I also wanted to bring a little bit of my hometown with me. It’s become what I always wanted to be and it’s all because I’ve been helping people.”
Today, Fleur de Lis Counseling Center provides counseling services in the all areas “to restore hope to those who have lost it.”
“A good counselor is always trying to put themselves out of business,” says Abbott. “The counselors I saw when I was younger, I’d still be going to see them if they had their way. My focus is to meet my clients where they are and get them where they want to be as fast as humanly possible.”
Abbott describes his approach to counseling as “Reality Therapy” which has proven tremendously effective with his clients, the majority of which are couples seeking to resolve their communication issues.
“People go into marriage these days thinking, ‘I love this person. There are things about them I don’t like but I can change that.’ You can’t go into a relationship that way. Each person in a relationship brings their own baggage into the relationship. So we work on accepting the other person for what they are.
“Couples counseling is twice as complicated as working with an individual because you have two different people with two different agendas and twice as many emotions.”
Abbott says his goal as a counselor is to provide support and practical feedback to help his clients resolve their current problems and gain more satisfaction out of life.”
“A lot of people think counseling is about advice and it’s not,” says Abbott. “It’s about helping someone figure out their own problems so they won’t need to go to counseling anymore. They take ownership and responsibility for their own lives and that’s empowering.”
Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Lee Abbott in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on November 19th at 3pm.
Listen to the show www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio. If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.
For more information on Fleur De Lis Counseling Center, visit www.fleurdeliscounseling.com.