Whilst it is good news that more people believe it is better to talk to someone about their problems than take medication (‘Good news for therapists’ p28, The Independent Practitioner, winter 2010), perhaps we, as therapists, should do more to promote the life-changing effects that the increase in self-awareness and personal development through counselling can bring. Surely there is a greater need for counselling and psychotherapy to be seen not just for those with ‘problematical issues’.
This false perception, presumably by those who have not experienced counselling, was emphasised for me when I released details relating to the counselling element in a workshop to be run in March (see www. psychosound.org.uk/), exploring the motivation and inhibitions to creativity.
Some of the comments I received back suggested that the counselling part of the workshop had been perceived as being there to deal with a presumed discomfort that participants might experience, and not as a way of gaining greater understanding of the process the participants experienced in the latter, in fact, being the main objective of the workshop.