Therapy Process

Two Mountains
It’s like you’re in the process of climbing up a big mountain that has lots of dangerous places on it. As your therapist, my job is to watch out for potential obstacles in your way and shout out directions if I can see places where you might slip or hurt yourself. I’m able to help you climb your mountain because I’m on my own mountain, across the valley, and with that little bit of distance I can see obstacles on your mountain that you may not be able to see. I don’t have to know exactly what it feels like to climb your mountain to see where you are about to step and what might be a better path for you to take. I can empathize with you, however, as you climb your mountain, because I know too what it’s like to climb a mountain.

SOURCE: Twohig, D. (2004). Two mountains metaphor. Retrieved from