- Aug 5, 2004
When therapists treat patients, they follow the
prescriptions of their theoretical orientation. But the amazing thing
is that when therapists treat themselves, they become very pragmatic.
In other words, when battling their own problems, therapists dispense
with the psychobabble and fall back on everyday, commonsense
techniques--chats with friends, meditation, hot baths, and so on.
Psychology Today: Why Shrinks Have So Many Problems
This is not a big surprise since therapists tend to be pretty practical people, especially since most therapists are not traditional psychoanalyists.
Initially, it was surprising for me to read that the greatest source of distress for therapists is personal relationships rather than depressed patients and cheap HMOs:
At least three out of four therapists have experienced major distress within the past three years, the principal cause being relationship problems.