What is psychotherapy


I Recently asked one well-respected by me the online community of the recommendations of the schools or specialists in writing texts. Colleagues helped me a lot, the discussion was very lively and informative. I noticed that particularly active coaches recommend.
I was curious to find out what coaching like so many and how it differs from psychotherapy in General and Gestalt in which I work.
the article from Wikipedia is determined that the coaching focused on achieving well-defined goals, instead of overall development. For the first time "coach" in the slang became known the person helping the student to prepare for the exam. The word "coaching" has taken on the meaning "to move people from their place to where they want to be." To me it sounds downright magical. Don't know how to say "no", do not know the meaning of life, can not meet cavuskoylucam man, go see a coach. The coach is the expert who knows how to learn what you don't even know how to approach them, and you, too, will teach.
Coaching is one of the varieties of behavioral direction (from the English. behavior behavior) in psychotherapy. The beginning of these studies was laid by the Soviet scientist Pavlov and his experiments on dog training. Without going into details, positive reinforcement promotes learning. It has worked very well in some situations. My husband at the time changed his attitude towards the dentist when in accordance with his instructions, immediately after leaving the clinic, bought myself ice cream.

And now about psychotherapy, rather about psychotherapy. It definitely is not education in the truest sense of the word. Task of the therapist is to teach people some specific skill. The therapist is not the expert on the client's life. He is a professional on the process of change that is suitable to the client. We can say that the therapist helps the client to make the choices that stand before him in his life.
How each person chooses? He is weighing for and against a certain act. Usually it is not very difficult when it comes to what he will eat for lunch. But if the composition is a little more complicated, a person has a lot of repressed processes, the level of awareness of their feelings, desires, bodily needs are not high, it turns out that he has to choose, and not having half the information about what he chooses.
I'm not a coach and never studied it, but a couple of times worked with coaches. I have very positive memories. In particular, work with a coach pushed me to psychology.
I was under the impression that the task of a coach is not to understand the intricacies of human emotions, seek to develop the whole mechanism of human functioning, but rather "to bring man out of his place to where he wants to be" on a skill.
it is not easy to tell yourself that it's not that I just have to learn some new skill, and that my way of interacting with the world leads to the fact that I don't like my life. It is not easy to choose a therapist, if he does not say that he is an expert, he knows what the customer needs. Often people come to therapy when there is no strength to endure, the world fell apart, how to live is not clear. In this situation psychotherapy, of course, can help. Coaching also. But only if we restrict the solution of specific problems, the method of interaction with the environment is likely to remain the same. In the long-term quality of life of the client is unlikely to change, and sooner or later the situation could repeat itself.

Maria Epifanova, psychologist, Gestalt therapist

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