Posted on November 19, 2015 by Amy Rosechandler

Blog Post - Wondering what you'll do in therapy?

Counseling is sometimes called “talk therapy”, which really get’s to the heart of what it is-Talking!

Although I sometimes guide my clients with practical techniques and specific strategies to solve problems, most of our sessions will be spent talking through your needs and goals.

A good place to start in therapy is to allow yourself to open up, share what’s on your mind and let the therapist hear what’s happening in your life. You’ll be surprised with how far and where you can go. Great therapists are experts in getting people to ‘go there’ and focus on what’s most meaningful.

Think about the last time you heard a skilled journalist navigating an interview. The best interview hosts bring out meaningful stories, sometimes previously unknown to the world. They do this through curiosity, intuition, empathy and some probing. As an interview progresses, the guest begins to let us into their world, and emotions are uncovered. As an audience, we get the feeling that we are being let in on an intimate conversation. We are transformed by the experience of hearing the story, by connecting to emotions and to greater meaning.

Conversations between therapists and clients share some of the same qualities as a great investigative interview. Therapy conversations are intimate, meaningful, and transformative by nature. Therapists are trained to be curious, to investigate and find depth in stories. In this way, therapy can help you to see new things, connect to emotions and uncover your own strengths and solutions.

Wondering who my favorite interview host is?

As a therapist, I feel invigorated on my drive home if I get to catch Terry Gross on the NPR radio show “Fresh Air”- she is one of my favorite interviewers and I can always hear the deeper stories from the wide range of celebrities, authors and public figures she talks with. Some of her conversations remind me one of my favorite therapy techniques, called Narrative Therapy. Work by authors such as Michael White and David Epston demonstrated to therapists about the role of investigating client’s life stories and unique identities as a way of working against problems.

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