Counseling is, foremost, a relationship. It is a therapeutic relationship and that is why it heals. It is not the knowledge, wisdom, techniques, etc., that heal, but all of these things in the context of a meaningful relationship. Throughout the counseling process, regardless of the counselor's approach, the therapeutic relationship between counselor and client is a central component in the healing process. Without a mutually trustworthy, respecting and caring relationship, a client will not be able to work through the stages of counseling, but will terminate prematurely. This is why itís so important to chose someone that you can see yourself working with for a while.
The key relational dynamics of safety, acceptance, respect, understanding, trust and commitment are essential ingredients for a positive treatment outcome.
"...the therapeutic relationship between counselor and client is a central component in the healing process."
What is Counseling?
Is Counseling for Me?
Is Counseling Helpful?
The Stages of Counseling