Counseling: Bridge Over Troubled Waters

One way to think of counseling is that as therapists we help clients go from the known to the unknown. They have a problem which is known, but they may not know how to solve it, what underlies it, or what caused it. These are all aspects of the unknown which may be revealed. What is needed is a leap that both the clients and the therapist have to take to explore the unknown.  This leap requires courage, curiosity and even creativity, especially when you are uncovering the dynamics of trauma. You do not know what you will find when you begin to explore the pain. You have to be able to reach out to the client and join with them.  In effect  you are building a bridge from the known to the unknown–a bridge over troubled waters.