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.

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