Does therapy work?
There seems to be 4 common factors which account for the successful outcome of any therapy. In one estimate, “technique” accounts for about 15% of therapeutic outcome. The increased sense of hope and positive expectation that comes from taking the step to get therapy, accounts for another 15% of the outcome.
The most significant element in the outcome of therapy, accounting for about 30% of outcome is the relationship between therapist and client. When clients perceive the therapist as warm, empathic, genuine and respectful, trust is established.
Client factors account for the remaining 40% of the therapeutic outcome. The quality of client participation is the most significant factor in determining whether treatment will be successful.
The truth is, clients themselves are the chief agents of change in their own lives. Therapy only assists the client’s own healing process.