One of the many mysteries in the world of therapy is why do therapists become therapists? It is a question that is as baffling as it is diverse. On one side, one could say that therapists are simply people who have learned how to provide help and guidance to clients in distress. They are people who have had a personal tragedy and were trained in the art of counseling. According to this theory, a therapist’s job is to help the client overcome or control a personal crisis. In this way, he or she helps the client to improve his or her life and make it better.
This is the basic premise on which the field of social work, counseling, and therapy is founded. However, this explanation does not fully explain what a therapist actually does on a day-to-day basis. There is more to what they do than just instructing clients on how to deal with a particular crisis. In fact, the very nature of their work involves becoming skilled at being sensitive to the needs of clients in crisis. At the same time, therapists also have to be aware of the limits of their own ability so that they do not hurt their patients.
The relationship between the therapist and the client is also different. While the goal of therapy is to help a client overcome an obstacle or reach a goal, the relationship between the therapist and the client is one of dependence. This dependency is one of the primary factors why therapists sometimes feel compelled to give a client drugs or other substances in order to help them cope with a painful situation. For instance, if a therapist gives a patient pain killers in order to help him or her cope with an impending divorce, the client’s dependency on the therapist increases.
When a client comes to the office of a therapist, he or she will typically be suffering from a myriad of emotional and physical symptoms. These symptoms come as a result of the root causes of the problem that lies deep within the client’s emotional, mental and physical framework. While these symptoms may seem like nothing more than the usual signs of aging, they can actually be very debilitating. As such, clients may often become depressed, anxious and even angry due to their lack of control over their own body and mind.
Many therapists work with their clients in an attempt to help them gain some measure of control over these issues. While it may be difficult for some clients to completely let go of the responsibility of caring for themselves, the therapist’s role is often required to provide a sense of structure in which the client can pursue his or her own healing. Even when a client does not fully allow himself or herself to become a “workaholic,” he or she can still benefit from having a professional to coach him or her through the process. For instance, a female client may benefit from a female therapist who can help her deal with feelings of anxiety that are related to potential marriage arrangements.
Why do therapists become therapists? In general, the answer to this question will likely vary from one person to the next. However, some of the most common reasons include the desire to help people heal, the need for knowledge or support when a loved one passes away and/or the desire to provide for personal needs of the client while working in a professional capacity. In most cases, the reasons for becoming a therapist will be related to a personal desire to help others. In most cases, it is not uncommon for a therapist to be deeply driven to help a client overcome deep emotional issues, such as grief after losing a loved one. In some cases, the desire to help the client better understand his or her illness may also motivate the therapist to become a therapist.
How does a therapist work? A therapist will usually begin with an introductory session designed to allow the therapist and the client to become acquainted with the expectations and limitations of the psychotherapy practice. During this time, the therapist will educate the client on the psychotherapy practice, its purpose and benefits and the expected outcomes. It is not uncommon for the initial meeting to result in an agreement between the two therapists on the amount of time the sessions will take. If an agreement is not reached, adjustments will be made based on the observations of the therapist and the client.
After the introductory session, the actual psychotherapy process begins. During this time, the therapist will try to obtain clarification on the client’s questions and review the information provided during the introductory meeting. The process of psychotherapy may include the introduction of personal issues, such as past traumatic experiences, coping mechanisms, anxiety, depression, alcoholism and other issues, as well as a thorough exploration of the cause and treatment of the traumatic event(s) leading up to the onset of the clinical condition. Once the cause is known, the therapist will then move on to a detailed discussion of emotions and experiences that may have contributed to the traumatic event(s). This discussion may include expressing anger, explaining why the client chose to seek psychotherapy and/or offering suggestions regarding the management of emotions during the psychotherapy process. The therapist will then determine a course of treatment for the client to follow.