Vol. 1, No. 2 Summer 2002

The Human Side of a Therapist, Personally and Historically

I wish to share with you my thoughts on being a therapist from the perspective of my clinical experience with my clients. These thoughts were seeded early on in my practice and have grown steadily over the course of my work as a therapist for twenty years.

I have found a kinship with the views held by the intersubjective movement in the psychoanalytic literature. I believe that any theory in the field of psychology comes from a deeply held private place and is based on subjective experiences that are put into words (belly first, theory later), rather than objective fact. However, we often learn the net results of theorists' work and not the private process they experienced to arrive at their conclusions. Similarly, in our practice we often rely on these conclusions and teachings without exposing our own personal emotional processes. I believe our clients need to know that their therapist has also taken a therapeutic pathway for them to feel understood, secure, and connected. How this disclosure is made is a delicate art.

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