7 Key Components to a Successful Therapeutic Relationship Between a Therapist and the Client
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 grown child’s efforts to fully recover in a transitional living facility is met with a solid therapist-client relationship – 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,”  trust must be established in order 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 one it’s been established, and that’s 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 GoalsTherapists and students need to be on the same page when it comes 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 the use of 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 established between two people. 
5. Accessibility - When a therapist is accessible to their client and is available in moments of crisis, it reinforces trust and allows students 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 empathized with and 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 they are most comfortable. There are many different areas of study, and some methods appeal to some students, but not others.At Red Mountain Sedona, we specialize in therapy for young adults to really need to 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, sober life.
About Red Mountain Sedona: Red Mountain Sedona works 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 due to drug and alcohol abuse, poor life skills, emotional and behavioral challenges, and / or compulsive behavior. 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 depth, 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 life’s terms, and turn imagination into reality. We help them cease from harmful and immature behavior, replacing these behaviors with healthier choices which instill wisdom competence, confidence, self-esteem, and determination.
 Pysch Central: “Trust and Disappointment in Psychotherapy”
 Psychology Today: “The Benefits of Laughter”