The psychiatric approach, often aligned with the psychoanalytic approach (if recent readings and articles absorbed are anything to go by) give the impression of “therapy” as something which is “done” to the client, much in the same way as medication is prescribed (foisted upon) the “patient”.
Whereas in reality (I hope) any talk therapy in which the client is fully invested and thereby a therapy from which he/she truly benefits is something that is co-created between both therapist and client, within the context of the relationship. In fact, if recent bloggings are anything to go by, then being a practitioner who objectively manages proceedings is far from an achievable reality.
It seems that the former scenario, while still in existence (you just have to read Current Psychiatry, Psychiatry News or even the NYT), is something of an anachronism.. a stereotype that the majority of therapists (those who provide counselling/talk therapy rather than drug dispensers) spend time dispelling amongst clients who are new to the whole thing.
And, you know, …. knitting.
Oh, and there’s something new in the store