Friday, March 29
Aim of Psychotherapy
The aim of psychotherapy is three-fold:
· To illuminate behaviors and the thoughts and emotions which trigger them
· To understand behaviors are goal-oriented and serve a purpose
· To maximize the client’s choices in the conduct of her life
The goal is not to indiscriminately enlarge the individual’s choices but to enlarge his/her choices by enhancing his/her knowledge of herself, others and the world around him/her and his/her skills in dealing with the important people in his/her life, his/her thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
The concept of "mental illness" undermines personal responsibility and precludes an inquiring attitude toward conflicts which his/her symptoms at once conceal and reveal.