Medard Boss on the highest aim of therapy

“We as psychotherapists ought to refrain completely from the vainglorious practice of preaching any kind of maxims or dogmas to our patients. We have to content ourselves with clearing away a little stone here and there, an obstacle, so that what is already there and has always constituted the being of the patient can by itself emerge from its previous reserve into the open. The highest aim of all psychotherapy is and remains the opening up of our patients to an ability-to-love-and-trust which permits all oppression by anxiety and guilt to be surmounted as mere misunderstandings”.

Medard Boss

Thank you to Francisco Javier Armenta on Facebook for drawing our attention to this.

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling Exeter since 1994

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