WONDERING WHAT YOU’LL DO IN THERAPY?
Posted on November 19, 2015 by Amy Rosechandler
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.