I love working as a psychologist. I learn as much from my client as they (hopefully) learn from me, and that is why I see therapy more as team-work than anything else. It’s about finding the recipe for a life THEY want, and like a good cook, one has to experiment with the ingredients available to find something that the customer likes. People are different, so we cannot expect that every type of treatment will fit all people. One of the working elements in therapy, is still how connected the client feels to the therapists, no matter what type of treatment therapists use. This actually gives a lot of freedom for therapists, if they don`t get too scared by not having a “manual” that can be followed from A-Z (I am a bit allergic to manuals, even if I of course apply certain principles in a consistent manner).
In Norway we have an excellent trauma specialist unit, that I have heard a lot about. Some of the finest psychologists and therapists work there, and I can see that they have one thing in common: Respect for the people they work with. They aren`t normally bound to just one way of helping people, they care more about working together with the client, finding the soothing techniques that fits them, and using the resources clients brings with them. Of course,sometimes new skills have to be aquired, but it usually is easier to build on what`s already there. In my experiences, it`s often enough to KNOW that it is effective to use strategies; This knowledge might manifest itself in a thirst for knowledge. It`s like the body reawakened with a hunger for life. It can all be summarized with; Therapy is change!