What are the reasons for therapy not working, stagnating, becoming harmful, or seemingly ending prematurely? The traditional answer is that it is something about the relationship, approach, therapist or client's readiness. While all of these are possibilities in this session, I explore the other, rather obvious, possibility, that it's because clients can be confused, or unclear on how they can use the construct of therapy (including themselves) within it.
I invite you to reflect on what in practice makes therapy work, the nature of client dissonance towards therapy, and thus the art of the possible in delivering learning based interventions to clients. I will deconstruct consumer knowledge about therapy into a framework of parts which therapists can use as a reminder to the diverse range of teaching opportunities available.
I propose that therapy education has a significant part to play in scaffolding the clients therapeutic process and thereby reducing dropouts, making therapy more efficient, reducing harm, and activating client engagement. By consciously focusing in on therapy education, we are doing our fair share in informing clients about how they can use therapy to its potential.
1) 21 Ways to Success in Therapy – Mamood Ahmad - (June, 2019)
2) Client Perceptions of Being in Therapy – Mamood Ahmad - (April, 2020)
3) Getting the Best Start in Therapy – Mamood Ahmad - (May, 2020)