The Therapy Relationship

Research into the significance of the therapy relationship has shown that the most important factor, or predictor, of therapeutic success, is the relationship that is created between the client and the therapist (Lambert, 2013 & Wampold & Imel, 2015) rather than the model of therapy in itself.

What this means is that the type of therapy (for example Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or any other Counselling approach) is SECONDARY to the quality of the Therapy Relationship.

Of course, if you can create an effective therapy relationship as well as using a highly developed psychotherapy approach such as our CORE CBT Programme then client outcomes will generally be very good.

Key Features of the Therapy Relationship

Carl Rogers, founder of the ‘humanistic’ (person-centred) approach to psychotherapy, suggested that the key elements of the therapy relationship are:

1.       Unconditional Positive Regard.

The therapist accepts and supports the client with whatever they say or do in a non-judgemental way. This is crucial as one of the factors most likely to prevent a person presenting themselves for psychotherapy is that they will be negatively judged for something they have done.

2.       Empathy.

Empathy is the ability of the therapist to understand (or feel) what the client is experiencing from within their frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another person’s position.

3.       Congruence.

Congruence is the authentic quality of the therapist to be who they really are within the therapy relationship. This often means being able to share common experiences and being able to disclose personal information without the artificial restrictions imposed by some ‘governing bodies’ who state that a therapist should be ‘blank slates’ within therapy.

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Want to Find Out More?

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from emotional distress using a psychosocial approach, then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular problem, what it means to you and the potential solutions that are available.

We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment without any obligation for you to commit to any psychotherapy programmes or sessions going forward.

This initial consultation will give you the opportunity to consider the merits of the psychosocial perspective as well as the chance to find out what Paul or Joan are like as individuals.

Contact Paul

You can contact Paul on:

07434 776125

or by e-mail at:

paul@leepsychology.com

Contact Joan

You can contact Joan on:

07434 776504

or by e-mail at:

joan@leepsychology.com

Joan

Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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Lee Psychology, Maypole House, Yew Tree Court, Wombourne, South Staffordshire, WV5 9JB.

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