The Responsibility of the Therapist

The responsibility of the psychotherapist is to provide a safe, confidential environment for an individual committed to seeking change, a better understanding of themselves and their relationship to others.  While it is important to explore past patterns, events, or traumas that contribute to present difficulties, it is of equal importance to help the patient develop new and better ways of caring for themselves and connecting to the world around them.  The therapist must enable the patient to be open and frank with them and respond in kind to the patient.  The patient is encouraged to be their most authentic self in sessions as it will enable them to proceed with greater authenticity in other relationships where they may have struggled in the past.

The role of  medications in treatment is to provide a platform from which a person can develop their own coping mechanisms and alternative behaviors while preventing the exacerbation of  debilitating symptoms.  A psychiatrist and psychotherapist can work in tandem with a patient to provide an effective approach that lessens symptom severity while instilling improved coping and symptom management skills.  Medication is not always necessary, but should be considered if symptoms overwhelm a patient and dominate daily life.

Whatever the need, psychotherapy must be designed with the individual in mind and not simply in adherence to a standard approach or method.   A Psychotherapist must be creative, open-minded and willing to examine a patient’s issues with a willingness to be expansive in their approach.  In doing so, the therapist invites the patient to act in kind, viewing their own life in more open and expanded ways, willing to engage themselves and others differently and with a commitment to the process.

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