Counselling Experiences

How do counselling sessions vary?

We all have had different experiences regardless of what activity we took part in. For example, no two people’s experience of a particular food is the same, or music or a movie. We all have something called ‘perception’ ; the ability to use our cognition and past experience to interpret the stimuli around us. What this means is that some individuals will prefer therapy in a way others won’t, even if for example both had similar types of anxiety and were treated in the same way.

Differences exist in therapy and life; that’s a good thing

As we know, therapy doesn’t work like that. Emotions, experiences, behaviours etc. are all subject to change which comes to the next point: why are some people more responsive to therapy while others aren’t? Because this isn’t a research article, the answers are beyond the scope of this blog, so a better way to explain is that a person’s present psychological state and environmental factors all play a role to a person’s well-being. Some clients will have come in to session with much distress while others are less so. Clients also have different issues. Therefore, the more variables, the greater difficulty it is to have a streamlined therapeutic experience. That is not to deter potential clients away from therapy, rather it’s to highlight some of the things clients question about. So how is this solved?

It is solved by not trying to solve it all. This is because therapy is dynamic and it’s a therapist’s job to adapt to the client’s needs and give the best experience possible. The other issue clients struggle with is receiving different therapeutic opinions, thus confusing the client. I can empathise with this. It’s up to the client to decide which opinion(s) they would like to adhere to, but as professionals, we have our own views like everybody else, therefore hold our own ‘perceptions’ on the matter. I understand this is a challenging idea, but it’s true for just about everything in our lives (let’s get thinking).

I hope this has enlightened some readers to be prosperous for the future. Know that the therapeutic experience is a dynamic one and no two sessions are the same; it’s all about your state of mind on the day.