To understand why you are where you are in a way that does not put the blame on you – but brings about some wisdom and perspective. That is normalisation in a therapeutic setting.
Listen to this Sixth Audio of the “What makes Good Counselling” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
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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
What do I mean by Normalisation? It simply means the offering of a credible explanation of why one is feeling so bad. If normalisation does its job it will begin to take away the pressure of feeling culpable, guilty and ignorant. This is typically how depressed people feel (and indeed pretty well how all those in mental distress feel).
If normalisation does its job, then a more hopeful recovery mindset can take root. Action to relieve the problem can begin to make sense and this can be owned by the sufferer.
There is another consequence of good normalisation – of an authoritative and credible explanation by a therapist of why someone is feeling so bad. And that is that the client and the therapist will begin to share a positive expectancy of recovery and relief. And if both do that, then recovery has taken a giant step forward.