All good therapists have to believe that they can help the client – otherwise how can the client expect to improve? This is why I put so much effort – explicitly and implicitly into the cultivation of positive expectancy.
You can listen to the third Audio of the "What makes Good Counselling" series and listen to the accompanying my blog posting.
Listen/Download to my audio: Positive expectancy is essential for good counselling
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Positive expectancy is essential for good counselling
1: No Counselling model is better than any other
Audio 2: What makes a good counsellor
Audio 3: Positive expectancy
Audio 4: Trance explained
Audio 5: CBT is not the answer
Audio 6: Normalisation
Audio 7: Human Givens Counselling
Audio 8 Five questions
Audio 9: Depression help by the NHS
Audio 10: Two beginning Principles
Audio 11: Feelbetter Counselling
Audio 12: In praise of Scott Miller
The cultivation of positive expectancy is absolutely central to how I work – that both my client and I have an expectancy that he/she will get better. If it is there, then it will direct all necessary attention to my client’s in built capacity to heal and into my wisdom and experience to find and use what is needed
Of course, this expectation has to be credible. Clients can rarely be fooled as we are talking about subtle body language, an unconscious tone of voice as much as anything else. And if it is to be cultivated effectively, it must be real. This is the main reason why I have put such effort into this website and why I keep hard evidence of my progress (or lack of progress) at every session of therapy with every client. It also means that I must have full confidence in the Human Givens ideas as I have learnt and adapted to my own way of working.
After establishing the positive expectation of change, the requirement then widens to the shifting of all attention towards supporting a better emotional response. It is as if all doors can be opened. And there are so many doors.