Client and therapist work together on agreed goals.
The therapist has no agenda. His stance is one of curiosity and exploration without judgment. A stance of interest in what it is like to be the client and in how they organise their world.
He offers an authentic, accepting relationship with a real human bieng - fallible, imperfect, but strong enough.
He is not silent. Not a 'blank screen', saying little.
He is not a mirror - only offering back what the client has said.
He is not an expert with all the answers. His role is to be a partner in the client's self-exploration, to facilitate that.
He is a real presence in the room with the client - feeling, reacting, interacting, initiating. Available to really meet the client - wherever that takes them. Both may be changed by the encounter.
He is there to accompany them on their journey.