In an article published in PsychCentral, Dr. Ascher describes what psychotherapy means for him and his patients.
Clients often begin therapy in distress
Patients most often begin psychotherapy while in the midst of intense emotional crises that feel too overwhelming to manage. A patient may be feeling significant emotions such as anxiety, sadness, or hopelessness, or report being in a state of inertia or “feeling stuck.” The presenting stressor may be an ongoing conflict with a loved one, the death of a parent, a feeling of disconnectedness from the world, or problems related to one’s work environment. The person who presents for the first therapy visit often has exhausted his or her coping mechanisms and is looking for guidance.
Going beyond fixing defects
Because clients often begin therapy in a state of major internal distress, psychotherapy is too often associated with being “defective.” But, psychotherapy is much more. the bulk of what we do in therapy is not fixing the defects. Psychotherapy is about living a more meaningful, purposeful and authentic life.
Psychotherapy is about leading a life with self-awareness, realistic self-esteem, and integrity.
Psychotherapy helps people accept the things that cannot be changed and leads to a life with greater integrity. Integrity is a state of existence that is most consistent with one’s own morals and values.
Psychotherapy can be effective
The evidence indicates that psychotherapy can be effective and can help people live healthier, more productive, and adaptive lives.
Your next step
You can read the full article on PsychCentral, Reclaiming Psychotherapy and Clarifying the Work We Do, By Michael Ascher, MD.Please share this post!