Harlene Anderson has spoken of Collaborative Therapy as “a mutual, participatory process of conversation. It values, invites and incorporates the client’s perspective of what is important to him or her in daily life… and works with the clients resiliency and desire for healthy, successful relationships and quality of life” and although I do not practice Collaborative Therapy as a discipline, I embrace these principles as expressed by her.
In my experience, it seems many of us present with elements of ‘dysfunction’; that it is the human condition to be somewhat flawed, imperfect, damaged or messed-up. Within this is the opportunity to move away from labelling many of the non-pathological psychological experiences as something to be avoided and rather to be experienced, faced, or acknowledged in order to heal and live lives of richness and meaning. As a counselling psychologist my expertise, and therefore what I bring to the collaboration, is around supporting the individual in their therapeutic process rather than diagnosing and treating pathology. Psychological support can take many forms, such as: