Demystifying Therapy Sessions: Exploring Approaches, Relationships, and Benefits


Many people may find the concept of attending a therapy session intimidating, especially if they are unsure of what to expect. 

In this post, we will explore what actually goes on during a therapy session, aiming to demystify the process and alleviate any potential fears or concerns.

From the initial consultation to setting goals and using various therapeutic techniques, we will break down the different components of a therapy session, the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and the life-changing impact therapy can have on individuals.

Understanding Therapy Sessions

The initial consultation is crucial for both the therapist and client to determine if they are a good fit for one another. 

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of therapy, providing a safe space for clients to share their deepest thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement or repercussions. 

Active listening, empathy, and open-ended questions are essential components of therapy sessions, as they help clients feel heard and understood. 

Exploring Different Types of Therapeutic Approaches

There are various therapeutic modalities that therapists may use, depending on the client’s needs and goals. 

In this blog post, we explore 5 different approaches that I use in my own practice:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This goal-oriented approach focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviours. It is particularly effective for clients experiencing anxiety, depression, or mood disorders.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

A mindfulness-based approach that emphasises acceptance of thoughts and feelings rather than trying to control or eliminate them. This approach can be effective for clients struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and complex PTSD.

Motivational Interviewing

This client-centred approach helps clients identify their own reasons for change and develop the motivations to make those changes. It is often used with clients who are ambivalent about making changes or who have struggled with motivation in the past.

Narrative Therapy

This approach focuses on the stories clients tell about themselves and their lives, identifying dominant narrative and exploring how these narratives might be impacting emotions and behaviours. Narrative therapy can be particularly effective for clients who have experienced trauma or struggle with issues related to identity and self-esteem.

Positive Psychology

This approach focuses on identifying and building the client’s strengths and positive attributes rather than just addressing their weaknesses and problems. It is particularly effective for clients who may be struggling with low self-esteem or have difficulty recognising their strengths.

The Therapeutic Relationship

The therapeutic relationship is crucial to the success of therapy, as it is built on trust, empathy, and collaboration between the client and therapist. 

A good rapport between the client and therapist can help facilitate positive outcomes and create a safe and supportive environment.

The Benefits of Therapy

Therapy can have a life-changing and positive impact on individuals, helping them to become the best version of themselves.

By demystifying the therapy process and understanding the approaches and relationships involved, individuals may feel more encouraged to seek help when needed.


Attending a therapy session may seem intimidating, but understanding the process and the various approaches used, at least by me, can help alleviate any fears or concerns.

Therapy can have a significant positive impact on individuals, helping them to achieve their goals, overcome challenges, and ultimately become the best version of themselves.

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Nick Bowditch is a motivational speaker, the best-selling author of Reboot Your Thinking and Actually, it IS all about me, and a therapist and coach. He is also a successful (and unsuccessful) entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, inspirational storytelling expert, blogger, podcaster, and a passionate mental health advocate. 

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