Within psychology, there exist many different models therapeutic approaches. At one count, I remember a teacher saying there were probably over 300. In school, however, the program emphasized Freudian psychoanalytic psychology, (brief) dynamic psychoanalytic psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, various forms of brief therapy, family therapies, and existential therapy.
I had experience using cognitive behavioral therapy with clients in my work and saw its uses and successes. Yet, I always wanted to dig deeper than “change your thoughts and you change your feelings” and, “Fake it till you make it”. Somehow, I knew from a very young age that how people act/react depended very much on their experiences, belief systems, and histories within their families of origin. I suppose that is why family therapy, psychoanalytic, and existential therapy seemed especially interesting to me.
Different therapies work well with different populations. There is an art to matching the one with the other. Though I was able to do that, I yearned to have clients educated and intelligent enough to practice a more encompassing existential and deeper psychoanalytic approach to therapy. It never happened. Not yet...
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