The word therapy comes from the Greek-therapeia and means curing, healing, taking care of, to attend to, to do service.This seems to me to be a very accurate description of what should be the aim of Counselling/Psychotherapy.
I have been a Counsellor since 2000.I see the Counselling Room as a space with the potential to help people to present, investigate, reflect on and develop strategies to deal with issues that are causing pain. It could be a single issue or a pattern of behaviour that is causing a negative physical, emotional or psychological effect.The duration of the Counselling/Psychotherapy will depend on the extent of the suffering/pain/ hurt/ distress in a person's life.
I prefer a holistic approach which sees us as made up of Mind, Body and Spirit with the three parts inextricably linked. My approach is integrative i.e. it draws on aspects of Existential, Choice Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Gestalt.
However the emphasis is always on the relationship between me and the client.
...sooner or later she had to give up the hope for a better past...
Irvin D. Yalom. Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death.