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The Therapy Relationship

How Important is the Therapy Relationship?

Recent research has shown that the SINGLE 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 and use a highly developed therapeutic tool such as our Traceformental 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 therapy 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 therapist should be ‘blank slates’ within therapy.

Free Initial Consultations

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We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your mental health problems prior to commencing any counselling.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various types of psychological therapy that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available as part of our online counselling service.

At Tranceform Psychology we emphasise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking mental health work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

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For most mental health problems we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.

The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.

Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.

Visit Online Counselling for more details.

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Hi, I have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology & specialise in the following therapeutic modalities:

Tranceformental CBT

Happiness Coaching

Psychodynamic Therapy

Call me on 07434 776125

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