Just the word “Psychotherapy” can conjure up a myriad of definitions and associations depending on who you ask. Effective psychotherapy largely involves selecting and applying the right tools for the job at hand. In most cases, clients are in need of more than one therapeutic modality to address the whole person. I tend to integrate a mix of Solution-Focused, CBT, Narrative, Existential, Experiential, Trauma-Informed Care, and Person-Centered, Strengths-Based strategies with my clients.
That being said, I believe the relationship between counselor and client is the heart of the healing process. The sacred interaction between client and counselor is what facilitates authentic and effective change and personal growth.
The professional client-therapist relationship is unique and differs from other caring friendships in that the relationship is legally and ethically bound to only go one-way: it really is all about you! (The Client)
That is the secret to the relationship’s success.
That is the secret to effective psychotherapy.