Psychotherapy works by addressing one of the most basic of human needs – the need to have one’s deepest pain and suffering understood by another person. “Nearly all societies designate a class of people whose function is to comfort and heal those who are suffering from emotional pain,” explains Dr. Permut, author of Inside Your Therapist's Mind. “Often these are very gifted people whose natural intuition is enhanced by special instruction, knowledge, and experience. In modern societies, this takes the form of rigorous scientific training that allows practitioners to understand precisely which techniques help in specific situations and with particular patients.
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