The Therapeutic Journey and Relationship
Starting therapy is a bit like embarking on a journey with an unknown destination. We make a commitment to taking time out of our every day routines to explore, reflect and discover. It can feel necessary, perhaps exciting, but also daunting.
We may need to spend time in places that are uncomfortable and difficult, but also to feel safe enough to be open to discovering new landscapes and new ways of being.
For this journey we need to feel trust in those who accompany us, support and guide us ; in other words the therapist, therapeutic process and therapy space.The role of therapist is to provide a space and relationship in which the client can trust and feel safe to explore feelings and experiences from their lives, in ways that are effective and helpful.
Key to maintaining this safety and trust are, assessment, supervision and confidentiality.
This means gathering information and getting a picture of your needs, strengths and areas of difficulty; and thinking about how Creative Arts Therapy may be able to help. This process of assessment starts in our initial free session and if we agree to work together, continues whilst we explore what you want to focus on, and which aspects of Creative Arts therapy may be the most helpful way to begin this work.
Sometimes it may be clear that the most important thing presently is to support someone in managing their emotions and to stay safe, rather than more in depth work. In this case we may agree to focus on this and whilst we may will still use Creative Arts therapy tools we will use other approaches to support this focus.
As a therapist I have regular supervision with an experienced therapist and supervisor. This is to ensure that I have support to reflect on my work to help me to consider what is working well and what could be improved, and to continue to provide the best quality support to you.
I also regularly undertake training courses to extend my knowledge and skills as a therapist. This continuous professional development is an important aspect of any therapist’s development and an expectation for being registered by the Health and Care Professionals Council.
Confidentiality means that whatever you say or do in therapy sessions is kept private between us.
However as a therapist I do need to discuss my clients with my supervisor, but I always do this anonymously, so that you cannot be identified even by the supervisor.
The only time that I would not be able to maintain confidentiality would be if it became clear in a therapy session that either you or another adult or child was at risk of harm.
If I had such concerns I may need to refer to someone else but I would always discuss this with you first.
For example there may be a situation where I am sufficiently concerned about the health and well-being of someone I am working with to feel I need to contact their GP. I would always discuss this with them first.