Therapy can mean something different to every person you try to ask. To some, therapy might be an emotional escape. To others, they may see it as a form of meditation. One thing most people recognize is that therapy involves talk. Many even refer to therapy as talk therapy. Now that we’ve clarified that therapy is some form of talking, what do you even talk about?
As wild as it sounds, you can talk about anything you want. Therapy pairs a therapist with a client to talk about what they feel may be benefit them. Of course, a therapist may have questions to ask, but therapy is generally directed by the patient. Now, you may be wondering why someone may want to talk to a therapist where someone else may do.
A therapist’s relationship to a client is unique in that the therapist will hold the client in unconditional positive regard. That means that no matter what a client tells their therapist, their words will never be held against them. A therapist will always view their client in a positive light.
While our lives often contain family, friends, peers, coworkers, and colleagues, few people would feel free to talk about anything with those people. Many would even say that their relationship with a partner has its limits. With a therapist, one is only limited by their own level of comfort.
Take, for example, a mother regarding her child. Many mothers have told their children throughout time, “No matter what you do/say, I will always love you.” While your therapist will not be providing you with unconditional love, they will maintain unconditional positive regard.
As a client forms a relationship with a therapist and feels comfortable discussing more intimate details of their struggles throughout life, the therapist maintains the unconditional positive regard. This becomes client-directed therapy, where the client determines the discussion and the path for growth.
Therapy has unlimited potential and is all about unlocking a client’s hidden potential. When a client meets with their therapist, they are able to play out and discuss topics they would not be comfortable with otherwise. One can think of the space as a sandbox of sorts. A client can build the future they wish to see.
Potential space is like the law of attraction. As Gandhi put so eloquently, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” You need to want something strongly enough that you begin to shape your actions into pushing you to acquire that wish you seek.
THERAPY + UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD + POTENTIAL SPACE = CHANGE
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