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[courtesy of Clare Goodwin

 

 

WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
  • The attempts at healing and soothing the soul and the mind are as ancient as history itself. Joseph solving Pharaoh's dreams, the Oracle of Delphi, the tribal Shamans are only a few examples of human's eternal search for "peace of mind".

 

We all face "issues" interfering with our "peace of mind" at some time or another. Some tend to solve themselves, some linger. These "issues" express themselves as symptoms, capable of holding our life back and interfering with the daily flow.

 

  • Psychotherapy is a professional approach to healing the affected psyche, first and foremost by understanding it. It is a combination of Science and Art. As a science it has observed and gathered ample information regarding the human psyche, its action and reaction and its apparent patterns and sequences. Like Medicine, it has not yet found all the answers. At the same time (and even it may, mistakenly, sound contradictory to science) the input of art is that which believes and assume that each individual is unique, and so is his/her psyche and soul.
  • One of the main features that makes psychotherapy a combination of science and art is the notion that the therapeutic process is a dialogue. The process of understanding, integrating and implementing takes two to the process - the person seeking change and the therapist. Hence knowledge, intuition and timing take place in the process, combining the human, artistic and scientific in this two-way process.

 

There are various and different approaches to psychotherapy nowadays, each either taking a different view of the human condition or emphasizing a different element as the main human feature. Nevertheless, many contemporary psychotherapists tend to become more attentive to "schools" other than their own and exploit "the best of all worlds" for the sake of best end results.

See also: Stress, Pain, Anxiety

 


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