There’s a survey I take whenever I can. Blog-Buddies, I ask this question whenever I have a client or student who is a psychotherapist or counselor or psychiatrist. I’ll ask that mental health professional:
What if you have a client/patient who decides to supplement therapy with you by doing “Analyze myself”-type sessions on his own? Do you think it is a good idea for people to attempt to be their own psychotherapist?
The answer has been “No.” Every single time. “No, no, no, are you kidding?”
- One reason is that a session of psychotherapy requires a professional psychotherapist, not just one extra-smart client.
- Another reason is that even the brightest client who is not trained as a psychotherapist… is NOT a psychotherapist.
- And even professional psychotherapists don’t do sessions on themselves. They respect the work enough to go to another psychotherapist.
- What’s the most popular reason for “No”? The client may start analyzing his life, rather than living it.
This survey came to mind yesterday when a comment was asked here under Why NOT ask for a Cord cutting session when you want help from Rosetree Energy Spirituality. SHELLY asked (at Comments #513 and 514):
“I have had one heck of a bad love relationship that went on for a few years before my husband…. He is no longer in my life, but I would LOVE to have a cord cutting session for that past relationship. However Ive been told not to ask for a cord cutting session. So how do I appropriately go about asking to have that done?”