Posted by MissK on February 18, 2008, at 8:45:33
In reply to Therapy - Bang for the Buck?, posted by Hermitian on February 17, 2008, at 14:42:08
>Is it just me or what?
No. I hold the position as well that the point of therapy should be to no longer need therapy.
>I asked my guy one time early on why I was behaving in an unproductive manner even though I was taking medication and it was working. He looked at me straight on and told me, Because you want to.
I agree to a degree. In theory a person will do or not do what they want. That said though it could discount the psychology of why it is a person does or does not do certain things. Therapy, or more specifically talk therapy, can let someone talk for as much or as little as they want on that 'why'.
>Thats your job to figure out. So why dont we talk about future objectives that are more compelling?
Yes, and particularly in talk therapy, the therapist will let the client talk about whatever they think they need to talk about to figure it out. Concerns future objectives, it's been my experience that the therapist will not lay out a 'game plan' as it were, rather will let the client figure that out as well through the talking. A therapist is not a coach after all. There are therapies that are exercise and goal oriented, though what you see on the board here is mostly of the talk, talk, talk, talk, talking kind. Therapy is a service that will let a person talk for however long they want.
I've been in therapy not quite two years. I see that extending to two and a half or three years. I don't see it extending to five, ten or fifteen years. Therapy can be as much a want as a need. I think there are those that want it as a part of their life for a long time. As long as they distinguish that is what they are doing and distinguish who this person is in their lives, I won't say it is wrong or right.