Why do clients come for psychotherapy?

“Most people start psychotherapy with some difficulty or confusion in their lives, something that needs attention.  Then, after some of the problems and some of the confusion begin to give way, when relationships improve and feelings of self confidence and respect grow stronger, therapy tends to take on more of a feeling of adventure, the adventure of your own unfolding life.

That is because when anxiety subsides, possibilities open up and we can begin to actually get a better sense of who we really are and what we want to do with our lives.  That seems to me to be the true ultimate goal of therapy.”  (Crabtree, 2010)
 

Who’s a psychotherapist?

At the moment, people from many professions identify at least part of what they do as psychotherapy.  But now, the government of Ontario is recognizing and regulating psychotherapy as a distinct profession, so it will be easier to say who’s a psychotherapist, and who’s not.

The Psychotherapy Act (2007) outlines the scope of psychotherapy as follows:  “The practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional, or behavioral disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication.”
 

Even after regulation then- why have so many types of psychotherapy?

So, psychotherapy is “delivered through a therapeutic relationship,” based on communication between client and therapist.  And, the specific goals of therapy are unique to each individual- (“That is because when anxiety subsides, possibilities open up and we can begin to actually get a better sense of who we really are and what we want to do with our lives.  That seems to me to be the true ultimate goal of therapy.”)

Human beings aren’t all the same- we are each creative in our own way.  Therefore, we thrive from having a rich and diverse array of psychotherapy modalities from which to choose.
 

So, if diversity is good- why establish a core curriculum for psychotherapeutic training?

Diversity is good; and so is balance.

By requiring that all psychotherapists have expertise in a core body of psychotherapeutic knowledge and practice, the government of Ontario is both protecting the quality of psychotherapy that is currently available in Ontario, and also protecting the choice and richness that diversity makes possible.