What Works in Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Psychoanalysis: Relationship, Relationship, Relationship

How people differ in the way they adapt to (or have trouble coping with) problematic circumstances emerges in a relational context; the most important situations in life are interpersonal and involve other human beings! More precisely, as revered psychiatrist and psychotherapist Irvin Yalom once observed: “The single most important lesson the psychotherapist must learn…[is that] it is the relationship that heals…” Point: Helpful counseling, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis cannot happen without a vibrant, trusting, engaged, and safe relationship.