Introduction to the Elements of Therapy
Introduction to the Elements of Therapy
Therapy provides you a confidential and safe place to get a health issues remediation or talk about painful, confusing or disturbing issues with a view to getting a remedy. You are opportune to meet someone who is experienced to listen to your case and help you solve or improve on it.
Therapy is regarded as a personal process to involve stage to stage to help you recover from your uncomfortable situations or positions. Sometimes, it becomes necessary to share your difficult decisions or painful feelings; thereby, going through a worse period of feeling than your initial stage.
However, therapy tended to help you feel better and recovered as time goes on. This means it may take a series of counseling sessions before you can see the effects of therapy and this is normal, depending on the nature of the problem, as a single session may sometimes be enough to get you better. This content will look more in-depth into the meaning of therapy and its elements for better understanding.
What is therapy?
Therapy which is also known as counseling or psychotherapy can be described as a method of having session or sessions with a therapist in a view to solve bad feelings, beliefs, behaviors, relationship issues, as well as emotional and bodily responses. However, therapy meaning depends on three factors such as the therapist, nature or type of treatment, and period involved in the therapy.
Exploring these factors and the combinations of all, therapy can further be defined as follows based on some surveyed therapists:
- The act of opening yourself up to another person who is trained in the field of your situation, trusting the person enough to know about your life and gain from each other mainly to helping you to recover from your problems.
- A way of looking at other means on how to resolve a situation.
- An attempt to find a remedy to a health issue after a thorough diagnosis by a health professional refers to as “treatment” in the medical field.
- A process that takes place in a safe place and within a time frame where the victim’s problem is identified and worked upon to replace with productive and healthy ones.
- Learning how to solve relational and personal problems by work out long-term techniques to solve the problems.
- A process of assisting clients by putting a stop to old patterns, ideas, and behaviors that are causing their unhappiness and discomfort; thereby teaching them through skills, techniques, and life passage for comfort, recovery, and self-awareness.
Taking up therapy in a view to being your very healthy best and live a productive life can be a big challenge but it worth the challenge. Therapy has been proven beneficial in many ways as it can help you improve your relationships, solve painful feelings, and change your self-destructive habits and behaviors.
However, before you can take up a particular therapy, you need to undergo diagnosis to determine and establish the goals and steps to take to achieve the goals. This means no one can ordinarily suggest exactly the type of therapy one will undergo except a therapist.
The good thing about every type of therapy such as group, individual or family therapy is that, your dealings with your therapist is intimate and confidential and not only concentrate on the issues discussed but also goes beyond life issues such as the processes involved in achieving your productive life again.
The therapeutic process involves the way you share your experiences and feelings, and it is as essential as the real issues or problems to be addressed in the therapy. In your initial stage of your therapy, you will know the elements of a good therapy and how to identify a healthy therapy. Let’s look into this.
Components of Healthy Therapy
Based on your situations or issues, there are many available types or modes of treatment to select from as recommended for you case. However, anyone you choose, it is believed that there are some elements that are present in all the types of ethical and healthy therapy. Most common elements of good therapy are discussed below:
- Non-pathologizing: This is one of the essential elements of a good therapy in which the patient is given hope of overcoming his or her problem by believing that the person to undergo therapy as greater than his or her situations or problems. Though the problem may be seeing evident as a therapist, non-pathologizing does not view the issue as such.
The non-pathologizing process involves a shift in both the knowledge and the pathology approach to the problem. It has been understood that most of the problems people take to the therapy are nonorganic disorders; means the issues are software problems and not hardware problems. Some of them are as a result of the innermost self of the person, strive to deal with the experiences of life in a view to survive, adapt, and prevent him or her from getting hurt again.
Though, there exist some disorders such as hardware problems which are biochemical, genetic, or neurological which are organic in nature and this include instances of mood and psychotic disorders.
Most of the nonorganic issues brought to therapy are mostly exaggerated and wrongly labeled as organic problems and are orderly, organized and systemic psychological responses. Hence, the term “disorder” is misleading and unmatched. It is like compounding the problem of the person, and this leads to shame and inability and affects people feeling towards the problems.
Healthy therapy of a software problem needs compassion and concern in order to invalidate the organized and orderly reaction to suffering to something better.
Software problem treatment does not require psychological amputation, which should be pathology medical model in approaching this issue. A therapist is expected to help the client recover from its situation and not overlooking the client’s chances to solve his or her problem.
- Empowering: This element of healthy therapy gives hope and assurance to the person that he or she will get better and survive the situation. The therapists who are in the habit of empowering their clients have the belief that the people are capable of changing and improving, and are empowered with the needed internal capacity and resources to change regardless of if they can change at the end.
Though, therapy depends on the idea and hope that people can recover and be completely healed if they are intended to be healed and if they are opportune to contribute to their development physically through one capacity or the other. However, there is a possibility, particularly in the medical mode of treatment settings to view people as basically unhealthy and make them lose hope of getting better.
If a therapist sees a person as incapable or lacking capability to change, it may reduce the chances of the person, and he or she may likely feel flawed. But when the person’s problems or wounds are seen by the therapist beyond the individual, with a view to discovering true nature of the person, success is guaranteed. It is normal for some people problems to experience some difficulties, but the therapy perspective should not be an additional barrier to the person’s issues.
- Collaborative: Albert Schweitzer’s words have summarized the enthusiasm of collaborative therapy and state that “each patient has its personal doctor inside him…. Therapists perform at their best when they allow the doctor who lives in each patient to go to work”.
Collaborative therapy involves the therapist act of encouraging the patient to become his or her co-therapist to achieve the best and quick recovery. Most professionals who work in collaboration with the person they are treating have confidence in people to know or have potential to know themselves better in order to attend to their cases and have access to their wisdom. This type of therapy makes the person feel he or she is in control and has a role to play in the treatment but not directionless to subject the person to a chance of further trauma or wound.
- Focus: Generally, therapists tend to love treating the people and be kind and emphatic in their dealing together. It is known that psychotherapy service is rewarding and delightful for most therapists regardless of the damage such as violence, trauma or emotional abuse they witness due to the nature of the service.
However, they can be rewarded or remunerated by doing their best of being available to the people during the time they are needed them most such their transformations, unburdening, and great moments. The focus of a healthy therapy is to address the needs of the person in treatment and not his or her personal needs as a therapist.
Though, therapists sometimes get some emotional needs settled as a part of the process of the therapy and may even undergoing secondary healing. Some therapists are unknowingly using therapy process and their patients to solve their own psychological problems.
There are various needs of the people but the same nature either therapists or other people. People are struggling with many personal issues such as the ability to feel powerful, appreciated, being in control, seen, loved, smart, and much more. It is not a good idea or a system of therapy when the psychological needs of a therapist are met at the expense or during the course of a client’s treatment. It affects the process of therapy and has a tendency to cause harm to the patient.
It has been studied that those therapists who have undergone their therapy, recognized the cause of entering the therapy profession and have attended and continues to attend to their problems outside their professions are most unlikely to rely on their client to solve their problem and have successes in their helping profession.
- Self: This is one of the essential elements of good therapy, and it involves the therapist offers his or herself to help the therapy process when working with patients. Self is regarded as one of the vital requisites of a good therapy because it helps the therapist to provide treatment services collaboratively without pathologizing, retraumatixing, and pushing.
It promotes a free environment to the people in therapy to work together to achieve a common goal of recovery. Richard Schwartz described “self” as a state of compassion, curiosity, confidence, calm, clarity, connectedness, creativity, and courage.
- Relationship: This is a continuous human-to-human relationship that gives a friendly environment for change in the people in therapy. This is considered more important than theory and technique of therapy because, without a cordial relationship with the patients, the therapy may seem difficult and stressful for both parties. Therapeutic relationship has been studied to be one of the backbones that allow participants in the therapy process to feel the presence of an element of self. There is no therapy without a therapeutic relationship due to its roles in a successful therapy session.
- Depth: For a successful and complete recovery from a problem, therapy needs to go deep and broad to touch every aspects of the issue in question. There is always a conflict in the field of mental health between forms of therapy that give priority to cognitive remedies and those that underline body-oriented or emotional healing. Therapy is expected to include both.
Therapy takes more than little insight about the problem, physical behavior change, and cognitive countering. A quality healing system should explore the source of challenges that bring about the feelings, behaviors, and beliefs rather than treating the wounds on the surface. If the problem is not tackled and solved from the source, there is always a case of recap of the feelings and may even lead to more dangerous ones.
It is believed that if a problem can be felt, it can be healed. Our beliefs, behaviors, and feelings are sustained because it is in our effort to survive, protect ourselves from painful wounds as well as avoid hidden burdens. A good therapy assists patients to go deep and complete whatever problems they have been accommodating over the time. A therapy treatment without going deep is like stitching a bullet wound without first remove the bullet; it may first relieve the person, but the pain becomes worse later, infected, and leads to more serious health issues. Though this may not be that easy, but it is the best thing do.
Good Therapy is Exaggerated
The acronyms “good therapy” is sometimes misinterpreted, as there may not be a good and complete therapy. Even doctors always say “we treat, but God heals.” There is no perpetual machine as no one is perfect especially when it comes to therapy. Likewise, a good relationship or marriage is not the one without troubles, but rather the one that undergoes problems to make the marriage works.
A good therapy is expected to undergo some difficulties no matter how small. Just like there is no perfect therapist, no therapy can be perfectly provided, no matter how experienced is the therapist and no matter how perfect is the treatment ideology.
Assuming a therapist does his or her best; he or she is always conscious of his or her inner world and abide by the therapeutic process which may affect him or her and make him or her to do some forms of mistakes that may have an effect on the therapy process.
Good therapy can be described as the combination of all the experiences, both external and internal, resulting from the flawed process of psychotherapy. It results in growth, self-awareness, and the release of complete feelings, beliefs, and energies. It is good to know that best therapy can even be faced with mistakes, challenges, and unawareness to the relationship of therapy and still brings success. A collective effort can guarantee positive result after going through difficult and get resolved to improve the relationship and promote trust in the therapy. Sometimes, therapists may be limited in achieving the best result, and this is based on many factors. This is one of the reasons these elements of good therapy have been highlighted to be the best therapy ever. It is the duty of a therapist to relate with his or her clients with great hope.
After devoted countless hours analyzing our services, tackle some internal work, learning to become professional in our technique to meet the demand of the people that need our services, a good result is guaranteed in all our works. There are some cases that require extraordinary effort to achieve even a better result. However, it is our belief that a good therapist does not give up on the possibility of a person getting healed. He or she is expected to try his or her best to help, if he or she cannot help the patient alone, external bits of help may be called upon, and the problem will be resolved.
Conclusively, a good therapy involves letting go of our assumptions and results but working with a great hope to getting the person in good shape expected of him or her. Considering all the elements of a healthy therapy, it can be concluded that nothing is impossible if we put our best at both ends from both parties. In the subsequent articles, qualities of a good therapy as well as ethic in therapy will be discussed extensively.