A new job offer. Your boyfriend proposed. Overtime is cutting into your time with the kids. A big fight with your husband – or a small tift over the dishes again. For life’s ups and downs, we usually count on a close friend or family member to share the news with, talk it out, or to gain a little perspective on the situation.
Our close connections offer a soft place to land. They understand you, they support you and you know they’ll have your back – even if it’s to tell you you’re wrong sometimes.
But let’s be honest, friends and family don’t always give the best advice. We often give advice based on our own lived experiences; experiences that may not apply to the recipient. It’s also not uncommon to not feel comfortable talking to a friend about everything.
So, where do you turn for unbiased advice?
Where to seek out advice
When we experience things in life – both good and bad – we usually require two things: the support of our friends and family and guidance. There are a number of ways to seek advice:
1. Close Friends or Family Members
There is something exceptional about sharing your problems with close friends and getting their input on how you can solve your issues. Advice from close friends can help you find new solutions when you feel stuck or lost. This can be especially true when you struggle with challenges that seem impossible, such as family issues or relationship advice.
2. Licensed Therapist or Counselor
Many people seek counseling to process and work through stressful or traumatic life events they have experienced. Their primary role is to provide you with the tools to explore your thoughts, feelings, and patterns of behavior in order to better understand what motivates you to behave or think as you do.
3. Life Coach
A life coach is someone who focuses on helping their clients to improve their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives. Your life coach may be a resource across different facets of your life, or help you make progress in a specific area. You can work with a life coach to clarify your goals, identify the hurdles in your way, and devise strategies for overcoming each hurdle.
4. Advice Party
An advice party combines the comfort and fun of an evening with friends or family with the unbiased advice you’re looking for from a licensed therapist to navigate all of life’s happenings.
What is an Advice Party?
The relationship you develop with your therapist or life coach is an important one. While there is no substitute for therapy, sometimes you’re simply in need of a little professional guidance outside of the long term, and sometimes costly, commitments.
Simply put, an advice party is another way to seek out some professional perspective.
Advice parties are a perfect opportunity to discuss everything from relationships to your career. Maybe you want to get in better shape, find a new job, or improve your relationship with your partner. Gain some perspective on your relationship with your significant other, friendships, family dynamics, difficult coworkers, or personal growth.
How does an Advice Party work?
Anyone can host an advice party. Coordinate with your favorite boutique or local business to host, plan a night-in with friends, give a new twist to a bachelorette party, or connect friends in a virtual setting and get helpful advice for life’s complex moments.
Here’s how to get started:
- Pick the venue
- Set the guest list
- Decide what type of advice setting is best for your group:
Group Advice Parties
A group of 4 to 8 people looking for advice on a specific topic. Together, the group will openly discuss the selected topic and receive input from the licensed therapist throughout the discussion. This group setting is also a great option for businesses and corporations.
Private Advice Parties
If you’re looking for time to chit chat with friends, but want your advice to be given in a more 1-on-1 situation, this is the party for you. Your group of 4 to 10 will have the opportunity to relax in each other’s company, as each individual is pulled aside privately for 15 or 30 min (depending on package) to talk about and receive advice on their own situations.
Once you’ve completed Steps 1, 2, & 3, it’s time to book your advice party.
You get together with coworkers, family or friends for some drinks and nibbles, all while sharing the opportunity to discuss what’s top of mind in your life with a licensed therapist who will listen and offer help without judgment or bias.
What Are the Benefits of An Advice Party?
Here are a few benefits of holding advice parties:
A Friendly Environment
We all have problems, but we can’t always tackle them alone. Some issues are too big for us to handle, some require more expertise, and others need a little push from our friends. Whatever the problem is, advice parties are here to help.
At an advice party, you can tackle all kinds with the support of a professional whose judgment you trust. It’s a relaxed, comfortable environment where you can receive guidance from an unbiased, licensed professional.
You receive friendly support and the perfect space to discuss any topic. This is a friendly environment where you can share your concerns and talk with people who care about you.
Judgment Free Zone
The best part of an advice party is that there’s no judgment. It’s not like getting advice from family, where they might not know how to help, or the issues are too sensitive for them to understand.
Whether you’re looking for advice on how to deal with an annoying coworker or want some tips for being happier, these events can provide all kinds of valuable information. You’ll be surprised at what people are willing to share when they feel safe enough in the space provided by an advice party! Reach out today and set up your advice party.
Advice Parties are not a substitute for therapy or counseling. If you are experiencing stressful or traumatic life events, depression or other serious mental health conditions, contact your therapist today.
Sometimes you just need professional advice.