Research shows that therapeutic change comes about quicker and feels deeper if three things are perpetually and mindfully present in the dialogue and encounter between a psychologist/counsellor and a client: BOND, GOALS AND METHODS. I’ve found in my counselling work that too much structuring and stratifying of the therapy session stifles the client’s spirit and inhibits the flow of our encounter, so, my way as an existential and humanistic psychologist is to live the bond/goals/methods in each moment with the client and allow our dialogic dance and process pulsations to bring about the change pattern that connects. Connects us to each other as human beings and to the SOMETHING MORE that is at the core of becoming. I think, feel and intuit that the best way to initiate and foster the change process is to establish with a client right from the outset that this therapeutic “hero’s journey” is going to be one that relies on the rapport we establish/sustain (BOND), the relationship we build/maintain (GOALS) and the resources we engage/employ (METHODS). I tell the client that this co-creative process will take time and practice; it will be ill-defined and uncertain; and, at times, you may feel vulnerable, but by courageously and whole-heartedly engaging in the work of counselling the changes you’ve been seeking will become you.
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