Psychotherapy is a process of engagement between two persons.
At its best, this is a collaborative process that involves both the therapist and the client in co-constructing
solutions to concerns.
Therapists are not in business to change clients, to give them quick advice, or to solve their problems for them. Instead, therapist's facilitate healing through a
process of genuine dialogue with their clients.
If, a therapist possesses wide knowledge, both theoretical and practical,
yet lack human qualities of compassion, caring, good faith, honesty, presence, realness, and sensitivity, they are more like technicians.
Therapist’s who function exclusively as technicians do not make a significant difference in the lives of their clients.
It is essential that counsellors explore their own values,
attitudes, and beliefs in depth and work to increase their own awareness.
most powerful way for a therapist to teach clients is by the behaviour they model and by the ways they connect with them.
These are the words of Gerald Corey from his amazing book "Theory & Practice
of Psychotherapy & Counselling-Eighth Edition".