I attended a talk on health psychologists’ and counsellors’ conceptualisations of the process of change in clients with chronic health conditions. Both professions thought that changes can be prompted by expert techniques and counsellors in particular thought that love and safety lets changes happen.
The speaker concluded that, although counsellors and health psychologists have different agendas and different forms of appraisal, they both approached their therapeutic interventions in similar ways. In other words we have slightly different styles of working and different training, but ultimately both of us want to help people achieve positive outcomes and are capable of doing this. I think this typifies how Kevan and I work with our clients.