`This book issues a challenge to anyone in the field of psychotherapy who is resigned to seeing psychotherapy as solely a service activity or an art or craft. Instead, Langs invites us to see that psychotherapy, clinical technique and practice may have intricate and fundamental conditions to the scientific laws of nature and the universe. This work will also be of value to those psychotherapists who are interested in asking research questions about the process and technique of psychotherapy. It is also a refreshing read in a post modern era where the pursuit of validity and fundamental laws seems to have gone out of fashion' - New Therapist
Chapter 4: Psychotherapy as a Service
Psychotherapy as a Service
The definition of psychotherapy as a science was developed long after psychotherapy was defined in terms of services to patients – as a type of healing effort vis-à-vis emotion-related symptoms, interpersonal disorders, and other psychological dysfunctions and maladaptations. In this way, the field began as an applied science without a sound scientific foundation.
Adopting a broad view, we may define psychotherapy in this sense as the offer and conduct of an effort by a professionally trained individual, a psychotherapist, to assist another individual, a patient, in alleviating his or her emotionally founded maladaptations.
There are, at present, many forms or schools of psychotherapy, each with its own basic theory of the emotion-related mind that may or may not include ideas ...