Therapy is a relationship between the client (or clients) and the therapist in which both are expected to work together in the process of change.
In my practice, I see clients as whole people who are coming into therapy for support with their life difficulties, problems, trauma, grief, and stuck emotions. Although different therapists use different models and approaches to therapy, I view it as my job to provide clients with researched based therapies, and a hope for a better future
In Lambert’s (1992) Common Factors model, the research shows that 30% of effective therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. These 'factors' can traditionally be seen as warmth, respect, genuineness, and empathy between therapist and client. More recently this view has expanded to include the collaborative relationship and work between therapist and client (Sprenkle & Blow, 2004).
I work with the assumption that my clients are the experts in their lives, as well as, courageous, strong, and capable of change. My hope is to create a calm, comfortable space from which my clients can confidently explore their inner and out experience. Ultimately my hope is to support clients in gaining both the internal resources to sit with, accept, and move through their situation with courage and compassion, as well as, the external resources to engage, interact, and connect with their partners, families, and communities in a way that empowers them and the people in their lives.
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