What is therapy?
The therapy room is a confidential place to question, think, explore, examine, and feel. I see therapy as an educational and philosophical experience rather than a clinical one.
People live lives where things have happened to them, or they have done things that burden them. These things have to be seen as they are. Therapy provides a space where people can talk about anything that preoccupies them. It is also a place where they can talk about the things they don’t ordinarily talk about.
The therapist listens to the client, with acceptance and encourages examination at points of interest, and explores possible hidden meanings with them. It is an open-ended exploration, and the client and therapist can’t know what will happen as a consequence of entering therapy.
It is the synergy of ideas plus the relationship that creates the real therapeutic power.
The underlying value assumption in therapy is that this self-knowledge is a good thing, affirming as Ralph W Emerson said of the Socratic ideal, that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. My assumption is that examination and understanding will likely lead to relief from non-productive anxiety and discomfort.