Within my last two articles, I described a number of the common factors that make psychotherapy effective (or ineffective) no matter what theoretical orientation it is approached from. Those factors were:
- The therapeutic relationship. This is actually the degree to that your therapist and the client feel aligned with one another in working toward a mutual goal.
- The therapist. Some therapists are consistently far better than others. Few researchers seem willing to study the differences between the truly good therapists and the truly bad ones, but their education to which a practitioner adheres to a certain treatment protocol doesn’t seem to contribute.
In this informative article, I’m going to draw those two factors together into a third, connecting factor, which I believe constitutes the principal basis for effective Therapy Aurora. Jerome Frank, the pioneer of the Common Factors way of psychotherapy, referred to the connecting principle as persuasion.
I’ve had some arguments with other therapists in the past who disagree with the explicit utilization of persuasive tactics in psychotherapy, because they think that therapy must be an egalitarian enterprise — the client should get the total freedom of choice regarding just how to react to treatment.
My argument is that people often arrived at therapy specifically because they would like to believe something they have not had the oppertunity to create themselves believe. They want to be convinced that life may be worth living, or that the entire world is ultimately more pleasurable than it is scary, or they have more possibilities for them than they think like they do.
But there is more to psychotherapy than this sort of direct persuasion. For me, psychotherapy is all about why folks are not able to believe those things. It is all about the belief systems which prevent them from accessing those possibilities. And so the job of psychotherapy is to help someone accept a new belief system. It doesn’t really matter which belief system they accept, so long as it is wide enough and deep enough to support the kinds of experiences they certainly were missing before. This is exactly why all theories of psychotherapy yield similar results — they are all myths about what sort of human mind works.
Because of this, the key determinants of growth and healing in psychotherapy are:
- their education to that your therapist can successfully proselytize for their myth (charisma)
- their education to that your client can engage with this myth (belief)
- their education to that your therapist and client can apply that mythical system to the difficulties the client is facing in their particular life (the therapeutic relationship.)
Dr. David Godot is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in the use of clinical hypnosis, and is knowledgeable about anxiety, depression, addictions, and mind-body medicine — such as for instance the treating migraine headaches or irritable bowel syndrome.