The essence of Psychotherapy…..”Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues.” ~Baha’u'llah
Many people, including therapists, are confused about the concept of psychotherapy and how to define it. The growth of various schools of psychotherapy, the conflicting reports as to their outcomes, and the cartoonish dramatization of its process in films and movies leaves one mystified.
Moreover, the fear of the cost of therapy and its possible eventual ineffectiveness drives many away from seeking such care. Since most psychiatrists do not offer psychotherapy beyond brief sessions, I wanted to share my own view of what constitues the essential elements of therapy. So here it goes……
The unifying factor that I see in all forms of effective therapies can be summarized as their ability to make one more truthful. Our childish idea of truthfulness usually entails the interpersonal aspects. A more comprehensive definition of truthfulness starts with one’s own self (intrapersonal). An honest appraisal of oneself brings to light the blind spots and aspects of personality that need edification and channeling. With this definition, life itself becomes a therapeutic arena where we continuously develop and grow.