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How Therapy Works

In therapy, it is the therapeutic relationship that serves as a healing factor and an important agent for change. Often, we are asked how therapy works - how is it different from talking to a friend or reading a book about self-improvement. There is an indescribable quality that happens between a client and therapist in which the client not only learns how to manage their own emotions, cultivate healthier relationships, and develop more effective coping skills, but most importantly, a shift happens on a neurobiological level that helps to make sense of their experiences. This article helps to unpack the mystery of what makes therapy so effective and powerful.