This made me laugh. I'm actually the same way.. sort of, However I'm bipolar and my main problem was just physical, or I guess mentally/both. I'm just thinking of how much energy I had (well supposedly bipolar brains are physically different) so this was kind of out of my control no matter how hard I tried. But once I started taking medicine things got a lot better and I could just think more rationally.I act as my own therapist. When needed the sessions are very beneficial.
Haha Yeah, that's a good way of putting it. I just kind of got sick of being depressed (after two years) and decided enough was enough, lol.
It seems like you're maybe imagining that the client says what's on his mind and the therapist then responds with his perspective or even advice (which may or may not be useful). That maybe what happens sometimes but is not, i believe, typical of most therapy.Now I fully understand there is value is getting the perspective of an external and unbiased source.
You're right, those details are important. And in my experience therapists are very good at remembering them.Then there is the fact that I would have to pause and continue in the next session, and this person isnt going to remember those details. And those details are important. If I have to keep reminding them of details, i can see that getting frustrating.
I think this captures what's important - psychotherapy does work, but we don't know exactly why or how. A key thing , i believe, is the quality of the relationship that's built up between therapist and client (point 6).In 2001, Bruce Wampold of the University of Wisconsin published the book The Great Psychotherapy Debate. In it Wampold, a former statistician who went on to train as a counseling psychologist, reported that
1. psychotherapy is indeed effective,
2. the type of treatment is not a factor,
3. the theoretical bases of the techniques used, and the strictness of adherence to those techniques are both not factors,
4. the therapist's strength of belief in the efficacy of the technique is a factor,
5. the personality of the therapist is a significant factor,
6. the alliance between the patient(s) and the therapist (meaning affectionate and trusting feelings toward the therapist, motivation and collaboration of the client, and empathic response of the therapist) is a key factor.
Wampold therefore concludes that "we do not know why psychotherapy works".