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.
Of course, if you can create an effective therapy relationship and use a highly developed therapeutic tool such as the Thrive 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.
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.
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
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your problems or your personal development. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapy relationship as being key to making any personal change or improvement, so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications, without pressure or coercion.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of conventional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.