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7 Key Components to a Successful Therapeutic Relationship...

7 Key Components to a Successful Therapeutic Relationship Between a Therapist and the Client

7 Key Components to a Successful Therapeutic Relationship Between a Therapist and the Client

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The therapeutic relationship between therapists and young adults can critically influence whether or not the client can successfully conquer their addiction or any other mental health issue..  

When therapy goes right, it can provide astounding results – results that even patients weren’t aware they could achieve.  

That’s why it’s so important for parents to ensure that in their adult child’s efforts to fully recover in a transitional living facility, a solid therapist-client relationship is part of the program – and the following are seven key components to help them achieve just that.

The Therapeutic Relationship from a Young Adult's Perspective

1. The Presence of Trust - Trust is not something that is easily gained; rather, it is developed over time.  Accurately described by psychologist John M. Grohol as “the foundation of nearly every professional and social relationship we have,” [1] trust must be established for meaningful change to occur.  A good therapist, however, should be able to lead their client into a comfortable state where trust can be built, and progress can be made.

2. Sincerity - Within the confines of trust exists a component that helps to maintain that trust once it’s been established, and that is sincerity.  Sincerity and consistency help to solidify the relationship, particularly in the trust-building process.  Thereafter, it helps to maintain focus in communication.

3.Common Goals - Therapists and Clients need to be on the same page when it comes to goals.  When they create the individuals goals together and are in agreement, there is less opportunity for conflict and resentment, and more opportunity to work together to acquire substantial, lasting change. 

4. Humor - One of the best ways to engage struggling young adults and help them build healthy relationships with their therapists is through humor.  Often therapeutic relationships are much like that of two people who have committed to marriage:  they must sometimes work at their communication, remaining dedicated to their commitment even through challenging periods.  Incorporating humor and laughter into the relationship establishes--or restores--a positive emotional climate and helps to maintain the connection that has been established between two people. [2]  

5. Accessibility - When a therapist is accessible to their client and is available in moments of crisis, it reinforces trust and allows them to build the self-confidence they need to eventually work through their challenges on their own.  Accessibility and availability of therapists ultimately effect a client’s progress as they move through their recovery, helping them to work through any potential pitfalls or poor decision making issues.

6. Empathy and Unconditional Acceptance of the Individual - In order for a client and therapist to foster the most successful therapeutic relationship, there must be an element of empathy, and unconditional acceptance of the patient as an individual.  It’s important that the therapist recognize that the client’s experiences are a part of them, and they should be accepted without the use of diagnostic labels

7. Expertise - Above all else, the therapist must have the expertise and experience needed to treat the client in the way that is most comfortable for the individual.  There are many different therapeutic modalities, and some methods appeal to certain students, but not others. At Red Mountain Sedona, we specialize in therapy for young adults to really need who experience monumental, positive change.  

Through or extensive “mindfulness” based program, we help those who come to our facility by giving them the tools necessary to build a full, rich, successful life.

About Red Mountain Sedona: We work with young men and women ages 18 and up who are failing to gain traction in life--- “failing to launch.” The failure to launch could be because of drug and alcohol abuse, poor life skills, emotional and behavioral challenges, and/or compulsive behaviors. Our students have usually completed previous treatment and need help to launch into a full, rich life.  Our students change from the inside out, engaging in a path of mindfulness, physical fitness, fellowship, spiritual and emotional growth, and personal transformation.

Our students engage in a daily matrix of mindfulness therapy, martial arts, Yoga, 12-step work, life skills, individual and group therapy, and vigorous physical activity. We help our students to find their joy, develop real-life skills to handle life on its own terms, and turn imagination into reality. We help them cease from harmful and immature behavior, replacing these behaviors with healthier choices that instill wisdom competence, confidence, self-esteem, and determination.

Sources:

[1] Psych Central:  “Trust and Disappointment in Psychotherapy

[2] Psychology Today:  “The Benefits of Laughter

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