Friday, 27 January 2012

What is the purpose of therapy?

This is perhaps a stupid question. It is meant to make people feel better - or at least this is what the people believe. From counselling to CBT the expectation, as always with all mental health, is to make a person feel better.

As is too often the case this isn't true. It is currently about psychopathology, I.e. what psychiatric and psychological researchers think therapy should be about.

This has shifted a lot over the years but it still means normalisation. The purpose of therapy is to make a person normal by force or subjugated free will. The latter is about people accepting therapy for their own reasons - for example the reduction of distress or unwellness - but getting something different instead.

What should it be about?

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