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Re: "Therapy's Delusions"

Posted by Noa on December 7, 1999, at 20:51:01

In reply to Re: "Therapy's Delusions", posted by Erin on December 7, 1999, at 19:32:23

I am not going to restate my take on the interrelatedness of nature and nurture, but suffice it to say that any simple generalization is problematic.

The points of the book make sense, but it is as though they are referring to a charicature of therapy, and yes, perhaps there are therapists out there who are dogmatic and have become caricatures of theory. But like any extreme point of view, both the caricature and this polemic you paraphrased, are flawed.

I find that there are pearls to be derived from a number of schools of therapy, but that adhering strictly to any one of them misses the point entirely. Each individual that comes in for therapy deserves a uniquely creating discovered treatment, and if there are aspects of different schools of thought that can add to the evolution of this treatment, the therapist should be able to be flexible and draw on any appropriate source. Sawing the patient to fit the bed is, of course, ridiculous.

By the way, I saw a training film of Ellis doing his therapy, (a film of one patient, three different "master" therapists), and I said to myself, I would NEVER go see that guy. He was very confrontational, bordering on verbally abusive. Of course, perhaps there are people for whom that is the right approach.




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