I like to tell them that they call the shots in therapy. They can ask as many questions as they’d like about the professional and the process. I also like to tell them that counseling is an added mechanism in the plethora of things that they already are doing to survive/cope.
I believe that people are constantly responding to challenging systems around them, which is what constitutes the belief that people are not the problem, but problems are the problem. I also have a trauma informed lens which means that I understand the roles certain events (either singular or consistent) play in the lives of people. Therefore, I understand the roles our bodies play in our lives. Another approach, which is popularly known as transactional analysis and internal family systems, which focus on how we are made up of different parts, identities and how each identify is contributing to specific parts of our lives .