The Wizard of Soul

Written by Dr. Dorree Lynn


"He is a good Wizard.

Whether he is a man or not I cannot tell, for I have never seen him."

The Wizard of OZ Frank Baum

The word psychotherapy comes from Greek. Loosely translated, psyche means soul andrepparttar therapeutic herapist is meant to berepparttar 126313 attendant orrepparttar 126314 one dealing with healing ofrepparttar 126315 soul. It wasnít untilrepparttar 126316 late nineteenth century withrepparttar 126317 dramatic input of physicians like Charcot, Freud and others thatrepparttar 126318 psychotherapist became a person entrusted with healingrepparttar 126319 mind separate fromrepparttar 126320 soul. Now, I am not sure whererepparttar 126321 soul is located or exactly what it is, but I am certain that it has little to do withrepparttar 126322 mind as a separate entity.

It is true that psychotherapists are trained professionals, butrepparttar 126323 great ones are more like magicians. They are ordinary mortals whose magic isrepparttar 126324 ability to make you believe in yourself. Yes, they may teach some tools and educate you alongrepparttar 126325 way, but ultimately they are no different thanrepparttar 126326 unmasked mortal who changedrepparttar 126327 lives of those who believed in him inrepparttar 126328 story and beloved movie, The Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion andrepparttar 126329 Straw Man soughtrepparttar 126330 Wizard inrepparttar 126331 Emerald City, They followedrepparttar 126332 yellow brick road and after many adventures, each found that they already possessedrepparttar 126333 very qualities they so intensely wanted. Once they found what they were seeking, each could move on and Dorothy could go home. She could return to her own life, asrepparttar 126334 same person, yet changed. An unexpected tornado tossed her into a world she had not planned to enter. Yet once she tookrepparttar 126335 path, what an extraordinary life-changing adventure she had. Life is like that sometimes, isnít it?

The Decision: A True Story

Written by Dr. Dorree Lynn


Part Three Of A Series On Psychotherapy Once you have maderepparttar decision to find help, be wary of "fast-food solutions,"repparttar 126312 "McDonalds" type of psychotherapy such as glib call-in radio shows, simplistic magazine articles, or motivational tapes that promise to instantly heal your deepest wounds. It may only take thirty days to tighten a tummy, but soothing a troubled soul may take considerably longer. While there are helpful remedies for depression, obsession, anxiety, or a host of other psychological problems, there are no instant cures forrepparttar 126313 upheavals and stresses that are all too common facts of life. The social norms ofrepparttar 126314 twenty-first century are convenience, precision, and speed. But when it comes to healing a hurt heart or suffering soul, slow and steady can winrepparttar 126315 race.

Onrepparttar 126316 other hand, if all you really need is help in making a decision about a new job, a sick relative, or pre-marital counseling, be careful not to commit yourself to a trek up Mt. Everest, when all you may require is a situational solution. Sometimes less can be more. If you have never sought help, you may be wise to openrepparttar 126317 door a crack and look around before crossingrepparttar 126318 threshold.

Once you have differentiated between a crisis and a non-crisis, you still are faced with myriad choices withinrepparttar 126319 mental health care maze. Even professional health care practitioners need help sorting out allrepparttar 126320 options. Several years ago, I supervised Susan, a talented and well-trained psychiatrist, who also happened to be a working mom with one teenage son and two younger daughters. Divorced for five years, she had recently remarried. The girls were delighted to have a new dad. However, her son Ryan felt replaced asrepparttar 126321 primary "man" in her life. Ryan became increasingly vocal about how much he hatedrepparttar 126322 new intruder. He felt displaced, and in a way that can be typical of teenagers, he demanded attention by "acting out.Ē Unhappy and angry, Ryan stole a car. The police caught him and Susan and her new husband received every parent's dreaded nightmare-the call to come torepparttar 126323 police station. The police warned Susan that "Ryan was a bad kid," a "rotten apple" who would amount to no good. They urged Susan to press charges and make sure that Ryan would go to jail for a long time. Because she had trained to understand her son's underlying issues, Susan knew enough to call an attorney who managed to keep her son out of jail. However, even though she understood that her son was "crying out for help," Susan was unclear about what steps to take next.

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