Basic Goals of Counselling Therapy

Regardless of these differences in focus, all therapy has the same core elements and underlying goal. At the core, therapy is a form of empathizing and connecting ("Even though I am not experiencing what you are going through, I can feel and be with you in this experience. You are not alone."). Carl Rogers (1980, A way of being) has stated that to be empathic with another human being requires entering the private perceptual world of the ‘other’; becoming sensitive, moment to moment, to the changing felt meanings which flow through this other person. At different moments in the process, therapy involves listening to the person's story, or offering guidance, or providing insight. In all this, therapy is a joint activity in which both the client and therapist are actively involved.

Counselling Therapy is a process in which the client is respected and in which empathizing, listening, guiding and understanding lead to self-care, self-knowledge, initiative, change and growth. The purpose is to help you develop a richer, more rewarding life. Since therapy deals with perceptions, feelings, and emotions, the underlying goal is to help clients to come to know, resolve, and integrate their feelings in the whole of their lives.  Instead of being a barrier or a block, feelings and emotions can provide the vitality and vibrancy to our daily activities. Therapy can be one way we can learn to be sensitively open and respond appropriately to our life situations.