For Psychology Today, David Elkins writes that “psychotherapy’s power to heal lies mainly in its human and relational aspects,” rather than any specific techniques or theories.
I’m not certain why this is surprising. Humans have been helping humans heal forever. I helped my child heal from child abuse. If I’d let the psychiatrist or social worker who wanted to get their hands on him do so, he’d be a defamed and drugged up zombie. But with mom and dad’s love and help, he’s a kid who graduated high school as the valedictorian, and he’s got a 3.9 something so far in college. Of course, loving human relationships heal better than impersonal clinical theories. Especially, given today’s seeming psychiatric theology that it’s a okay to profiteer off of turning child abuse victims, into “schizophrenics,” with the neuroleptic drugs.