Thursday, July 21, 2022

Cultivating wisdom

Often, if we are honest, it is precisely our theory of therapy itself that limits our ability to understand the client.

Forman, Mark D.. A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy (SUNY series in Integral Theory) . State University of New York Press. Kindle Edition. 

As therapists we need theories to understand the problems which clients present to us. To be well trained in a certain theory or technique is the basis for many workshops, CE classes, and certifications. However, when the only tool in your tool box is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.

I asked a colleague one time what he thought the most important quality was in a good therapist and he said, “Wisdom.” Having my BA in Philosophy I felt a warm glow with this answer.

I have spent my career reflecting on how one cultivates wisdom?

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