Why Therapy is like Climbing a Mountain Part One


By Jacki Haworth, Clinical Intern


Therapy can seem to be a daunting task at first. A person who is virtually a stranger is asking you to trust them and their ability to support you, to help you on a journey. I like to think of therapy like climbing a mountain. The first step is just showing up, this is arguably one of the most important if not the most important step.


The second step is to gather information, this is the get all of your gear in your bags step. This is a step that is mainly completed during an intake session. This is usually the first session that you have with a therapist. The intake session consists of questions that gather information that will help later on in the process.


The third step is when the client and the therapist work together to start climbing the mountain. We work together to accomplish the client’s set goals for therapy. I like to think of therapists as emotional Sherpas in a way, meaning that we will carry tools with us that will help along the way. These tools could be various skills that could be worked on during session. The client can utilize these tools outside of session too. There are more steps to come once we reach base camp.



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