This is the time to de-mystify the mysterious: the mechanics of therapy. It’s impossible to do justice to a process as artful, complex, and multi-dimensional as psychotherapy, but dissecting it into the following may make it clearer.
The main components of therapy are:
- Therapeutic alliance
- Neuroscience of psychotherapy
- Goals of therapy
- Stages of therapy
- Overarching principles of therapy
- General tools of therapy, and
- Types of therapy.
I will address each of these on the following pages, beginning with the Therapeutic Alliance.