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What Is “Therapeutic Relationship” and Does It Exist?

One of the popular terms in therapists’ vocabulary I detest is “therapeutic relationship”. I find it illusory, pretentious, confusing and also dangerous. It has harmed many people, myself included, and yet it has been regarded as a major (if not THE major) healing factor in therapy. The “healing” value of a “therapeutic relationship” is one of

 
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The Difference Between Psychology and Psychotherapy

Yes, contrary to what you and many people think, “psychology” and “psychotherapy” are not the same concepts and, therefore, cannot be used interchangeably. The tendency to confuse those terms comes up a lot whenever people discuss the effectiveness of psychotherapy and creates a series of disconnected communications in which all sides of the debate can’t

 
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Is This Ethical?

In the article “When the Therapist’s Behavior Is Confusing”  I talk about situations when people aren’t sure if their therapists are being helpful or if they even know what they are doing. Other common scenario is when the client starts questioning the therapist’s actions beyond the areas of competence or professional judgment. They start questioning

 
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Is it Real or Just Transference?

I want to address a major confusion people usually have about transference, which has to do with not understanding how it is different from “real” feelings, because somehow there is a notion that transference and real feelings are two different things. They are not. Just because feelings in a

 
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