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’A bit of a strange thing’ - The unprepared client and therapy

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Some clients come into therapy with no understanding of what therapy is and are not used to noticing their internal world or sharing it with others. In one client’s words, they can experience it as “a bit of a strange thing”.

There is sometimes a significant gap between the world of therapy and the people who might benefit from it, which could lead to them not accessing therapy at all or dropping out. If they do get as far as meeting a therapist, many are unprepared for the experience and may need us as counsellors to work differently to help them engage with this strange new world.

In 2012 as part of a research Masters, Anne Crisp interviewed therapists in community settings on their experience of working with unprepared clients and what they had learnt about how to do it well. This learning has been passed on and explored through a previous PDD workshop ‘Bridging the Gap’- working with unprepared clients. In 2018 Anne carried out further research where she met and interviewed unprepared clients offering them the opportunity to share their experience of coming to therapy not knowing what to expect.

Following the findings of this recent research, we have developed a new experiential workshop which now brings together the voices of both clients and therapists experiencing this ‘strange thing’ called therapy and which identifies and considers the specific challenges and how we might respond to work more effectively with unprepared clients.

Location Nottingham
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 25 Jan 2020
Start time 9:30am
Venue Address Mercure Nottingham City Centre, George Street, Nottingham, MG1 3BP
Description BACP Members: £95
Amount £190
Organiser BACP
Speaker Trish Blundell & Marcia Haley
Contact No. 01455 883300
Keywords Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions Midlands