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Therapy, When Is It Over?

Personality and Psychotherapy - John Dollard a...

Personality and Psychotherapy - John Dollard and Neal E. Miller (Photo credit: gwenboul)

Therapy, is it over too soon?  Therapy has been designed to solve problems and once they are solved, therapy is over.  Right?  Medicine has this problem too and once an illness is taken care of, there appears to be no need for further help.

People have come to realize that there is more to life than just not being sick.  If you have been depressed and get over it, wouldn’t you also like to be happy and enjoy life?   When it comes to medicine, many people want to be in the best health they can be. They want to be able to enjoy physical activity, to be successful at sports, and to be in the best physical shape they can be.    A whole new occupation has developed because of this.  It is that of a physical trainer.  This is now becoming true in mental health.  The new occupation is that of a life coach.

A life coach is more active and less passive than most therapists.  They help people define life goals, plan how to achieve them, and help them reach them.  The aim of such goals is to develop a happier, more successful person.  Few people want to just exist.   They want to remove the obstacles that are keeping them from being all they can be. The focus is not so much on weaknesses as on strengths, not so much on being able to do again what one has always done as on being able to do things they never would have attempted before.

Therapists are now beginning to realize that there must be something more to successful counseling than just curing mental illness.  Many are studying to be life coaches.  Some do this and change careers and others find room for both approaches in their work as a therapist.

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