For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. ~ ROMANS 7:18
In the ensuing conversation, not only did the counselor's kind, patient line of questioning draw out several critical issues with the counselee's behavior and thinking... but the counselee's answers also revealed several outright lies she'd told earlier in the exchange.
Toward the end of the session, when asked if she would be willing to pray about the personal weaknesses exposed so far, the counselee declared, "I've already tried that, and it doesn't work. I've tried counseling, I've tried praying, and none of it works. The only thing that works is me. I can quit whenever I want to. I've done it before, and I can do it again."
(In case you're wondering, the counselee's husband suggested she seek counseling because she hadn't, in fact, quit the behavior in question.)
I chuckled all the way through the observation video... not because there was anything funny about the counselee's situation or struggles, but because she reminded me so much of the old me.