Author: Lawrence E. Hedges Ph.D.
As psychotherapists we strive to be useful to people struggling with life’s many problems. But how exactly do we do this? We begin by studying the many competing theories of the mind and theories of therapy now available to us and
we choose the ones that make the most sense to us. Only much later are we able to realize that our choice of theories actually expresses what we intend to do in therapy—that is, how we believe we can best make ourselves useful to our
clients. Further complicating things, we are today beset with a vast array of medicalized descriptions of people—diagnostic categories devised by psychiatrists to justify to the public and to courts of law their choices of medications and other somatic therapies. To the extent that as psychotherapists we get snagged into medical diagnostic thinking, we have also to contend with the diagnostic system’s assumptions and biases—thus adding further complexities to our work.