What is Therapy?
Therapy is difficult to define. There are many different types of therapy, and on top of that—despite the ongoing attempts to fit psychotherapy into the Western medical model—therapy is largely an art, not an exact science. It is based on relating, and relating is a fluid, intuitive, non-linear process.
It’s widely accepted now that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client—as opposed to the specific therapeutic modality being used—is the most important factor determining the efficacy and outcome of therapy. Having a good relationship with your therapist—feeling safe, seen, heard, and understood—is the most important thing.
So at its core, therapy is a relationship, a healthy (hopefully) relationship that exists for the singular purpose of facilitating your healing, personal growth, and wellness. Good therapy helps us individuate and differentiate, becoming the unique person we are meant to be.