Process of Counselling
I believe that my role as a therapist is to facilitate the process of change. The level of readiness of the client plays an important role in therapy. The goals that are discussed and decided by both, the client and the therapist need to be attainable and realistic. The client has to be an active participant. The process of change could be represented as a journey as it is described in the myth of Ariadne.
Ariadne is put in charge of a labyrinth where sacrifices to Minotaur are made. She decides to help Theseus as he explores the labyrinth by giving him read thread. Ariadne's red thread helps Theseus to go into the labyrinth, to kill the monster Minotaur and to come out of the labyrinth.
Therapy is a journey that facilitates the exploration of person’s motivation for change through gaining self-awareness about one’s strengths but also about unhealthy patterns. Connecting with the unconscious self can help to discover inner potential and strengths. The labyrinth represents the unconscious and as the journey progresses the client gains awareness about personal strengths, wounds, and acquires new skills. During the therapy, it is possible that the client will encounter a monster that needs to be defeated but the progress on the journey depends on where the client wants to go. The role of the counsellor is to be a guide and to provide support. The red thread that the client brings with him or her on the journey is counsellor’s empathy, positive regard, acceptance, congruence and competency. The relationship is crucial, as the client needs to trust the counsellor that the “thread” will guide him or her on the journey, will help to facilitate change, and will help to find a way out of the labyrinth.