© Margaret L. Cunningham, PhD 2002
When a person needs help with a specific problem e.g. grief issues,
relationship concerns, etc, talk therapy can be very helpful.
The therapist may make suggestions. Remember, they are
suggestions— if you act on them, they are your responsibility.
Some therapists are passive listeners, while others are more interactive. Either
way, the client talks about the problem and does some problem solving.
Occasionally in talk therapy, you may do role-playing to help you
practice different approaches. This also has the advantage of
helping you see the problem from a different perspective.
The duration of talk therapy will depend on the
needs of the client and the presenting problem.
This is not the same as complaining to a friend. No matter how friendly your
therapist seems or how close you feel to your therapist, the rules of friendship
do not apply here. The goal is to form a therapeutic relationship.
Last updated February 17, 2014