The therapeutic relationship can offer a microscope to human relationships - in carefully considering what happens in the therapy room, in a safe and respectful way, thoughts, feelings, behaviours can be illuminated and explored. This can be both painful and challenging but can also bring intense relief and liberation. And from this, if desired, other options can be explored.
The goal - or contract within therapy can change and evolve over long term therapy - or indeed it may remain the same. The client and therapist will work towards the goal mutually and respectfully, reviewing the contract from time to time and as necessary. It is also useful for the client and therapist to check in with each other regularly to assess progress to make adjustments where needed and to keep the work on track.
Undertaking therapy is a commitment, a commitment to yourself. Doing this over a long period of time can be challenging but ultimately, developing a relationship over that length of time can lead to feelings of trust, acceptance and openness. These can give clients the strength to explore sides to themselves which have previously been difficult and the courage to begin to make changes in their lives.