Philosophy of Change
We know that change is a process and, if through that process, a person is able (1) to experience his or her emotions with the support and acceptance of another caring individual or individuals (which includes the therapist), (2) to develop an ability to observe and listen to one's 'Self', and (3) to speak from a place where their thoughts are informed by how they feel, then long-term change can happen for people, the beginning of which may occur from the moment they make the call for their first therapy appointment.
Consider Miriam Greenspan's (2003) words:
Change your daily habits. Eat better. Exercise more. Breathe deeply. Take better care of yourself. Speak your anger . . . . Grieve your losses . . . . Affirm your own worth. Make peace with something difficult (my mother didn't love me; my father abused me; my child doesn't respect me; I'm lonely; I don't know who I am.) Find and attend to your spirit.
(Healing through the dark emotions: The wisdom of grief, fear, and despair, pp. 161-162.)