The search to be real: Why psychotherapists become therapists

Authors
Citation
Jj. Hamman, The search to be real: Why psychotherapists become therapists, J RELIG H, 40(3), 2001, pp. 343-357
Citations number
34
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science","Religion & Tehology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH
ISSN journal
0022-4197 → ACNP
Volume
40
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
343 - 357
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-4197(200123)40:3<343:TSTBRW>2.0.ZU;2-X
Abstract
This paper argues that one receives the calling to become a therapist to ex perience feeling real. Stated differently, therapists become therapists to heal themselves. Drawing on object relations theory, the author identifies five "wounds" therapists may consciously and unconsciously address by enter ing a therapeutic profession. The wounds are located in the capacity to bel ieve, the capacity to imagine, the capacity for concern, the capacity to be alone, and the capacity of object usage. Achieving these capacities provid es the therapist with a sense of wholeness, health, and holiness.