quote by Milton H. Erickson

Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual's needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behavior.

— Milton H. Erickson

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Where you stand determines what you see and what you do not see;

it determines also the angle you see it from; a change in where you stand changes everything.

Problem talk creates problems, Solution talk creates solutions.

I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system.

We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.

Psychotherapy is what God has been secretly doing for centuries by other names;

that is, he searches through our personal history and heals what needs to be healed - the wounds of childhood or our own self-inflicted wounds.


Love is nature's psychotherapy.

A person who doesn't breathe deeply reduces the life of his body.

If he doesn't move freely, he restricts the life of his body. If he doesn't feel fully, he narrows the life of his body. And if his self-expression is constricted, he limits the life of his body.

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?

It is impossible to win a contest with a helpless opponent since if you win you have won nothing.

Sexuality is not a leisure or part-time activity. It is a way of being.


Psychotherapy is the prostitution of friendship.

Advocates of psychiatric drugs often claim that the medications improve learning and the ability to benefit from psychotherapy, but the contrary is true. There are no drugs that improve mental function, self-understanding, or human relations. Any drug that affects mental processes does so by impairing them.

The person who really needs the psychotherapy (.

..) is not the homosexual youngster who gets dragged to the psychiatrist's office by his mother, but the mother, to releive her anxieties about his homosexuality.

The principle aim of psychotherapy is not to transport one to an impossible state of happiness, but to help (the client) acquire steadfastness and patience in the face of suffering.

It's not too difficult to get the skeletons out of the closet with people, but to get the gold out is a different matter. That is therapy. Psychology is the Art of finding the gold of the spirit.


The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free.

Depression comes back over time in about 90 percent of people on antidepressants. Studies show that relapses are far less common when people are treated with psychotherapy.

There thus appears to be an inverse correlation between recovery and psychotherapy; the more psychotherapy, the smaller the recovery rate.

The continuing struggle was once described in the following metaphor by a patient who had successfully completed a long course of psychotherapy: 'I came to therapy hoping to receive butter for the bread of life. Instead, at the end, I emerged with a pail of sour milk, a churn, and instructions on how to use them.' (138)

In Hollywood if you don't have a shrink, people think you're crazy.


They show that roughly two-thirds of a group of neurotic patients will recover or improve to a marked extent within about two years of the onset of their illness, whether they are treated by means of psychotherapy or not.

Most pointedly, nature-based people manifest the very qualities that contemporary psychotherapy, the recovery movement, and spiritual practices continually aim for: a visible sense of inner peace, unselfconscious humility, an urge to communal cooperation, and heartfelt appreciation for the world around them.

Individual psychotherapy - that is, engaging a distressed fellow human in a disciplined conversation and human relationship - requires that the therapist have the proper temperament and philosophy of life for such work. By that I mean that the therapist must be patient, modest, and a perceptive listener, rather than a talker and advice-giver.

I had been introduced to psychotherapy, in which the doctors let you talk, talk, talk, until you find the source of your problem or find another doctor.

I found myself very lost after 'The Partridge Family,' and I lost my dad and I lost my manager, and I lived in a bubble, and it took me 15 years to get through that and a lot of psychotherapy, and I'm laughing about it now!


The more psychotherapy, the smaller the recovery rate.

One of the terrible fallacies of contemporary psychotherapy is that if people would just say how they felt, a lot of problems could be solved.

Psychotherapy works, and some types of therapy have been shown to be much more effective than antidepressants over the long run.

The reinterpretation and eventual eradication of the concept of right and wrong are that belated objectives of nearly all Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a cyclical process from isolation into relationship.

It is cyclical because the patient, in terror of existential isolation, relates deeply and meaningfully to the therapist and then, strengthened by this encounter, is led back again to a confrontation with existential isolation.


Anyone who engages in the practice of psychotherapy confronts every day the devastation wrought by the teachings of religion.

No pill can help me deal with the problem of not wanting to take pills;

likewise, no amount of psychotherapy alone can prevent my manias and depressions. I need both. It is an odd thing, owing life to pills, one's own quirks and tenacities, and this unique, strange, and ultimately profound relationship called psychotherapy

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The ultimate goal of Jungian psychotherapy is to make the symbolic process conscious

I don't know what psychotherapy does. I have been seeing the same person for 26 years now.

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