Once in a while someone I am seeing makes the comment in jest, “I must be crazy, I’m seeing a therapist.”
Of course the humor covers an anxiety that there might be some truth to the assessment of being crazy. But, let’s take a look at that. There is a long time stigma about going to see a therapist, but isn’t it a good deal more crazy to stay away from therapy if there is something wrong that could be corrected. There are many reasons to see a psychotherapist and most of them have nothing to do with being crazy. Most people I see have the good sense to be trying to make their experience in life more satisfying and enjoyable, which seems quite sane to me.
To consider this even further any qualified and capable psychoanalytic therapist has also seen a therapist.
An essential component of becoming a psychoanalytic psychotherapist is personal psychotherapy, not ‘therapy for training’ but real, everyday psychotherapy to discover conflicts and work out troubles and obstacles to living. So, if you are going to see a psychotherapist, rest assured if you are crazy for doing that, your therapist is just as crazy. But, really it is not crazy at all.
I am a psychoanalyst which required a significant amount of training after I obtained my doctoral degree. A requirement of the training was a formal psychoanalysis; yes, 4 times per week over a number of years lying on the couch and trying to talk about all that came into my mind. I went specifically to make my life better and I figured the training was an additional benefit. I came away with new ways of thinking about myself and new ways of handling the moods and constraints I come upon in my life.
Psychoanalytic therapy has a long history of helping people overcome psychological obstacles to living a good and satisfying life. The method rests on self knowledge developed in relationship with a psychotherapist who has the personal experience of looking deeply into him or herself and understands how to address the conflicts and troubles of living.
Peter has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy since licensure in California in 1984. Currently he lives and practices in Portland Oregon.
He completed additional training as a Psychoanalyst in 1996 and treats individuals in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Peter also supervises and consults to practicing psychotherapists.
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