A Managed Forest

Posted on Sep 6, 2011


I am often asked how psychotherapy really works.  After all, just talking about something does not necessarily improve it.  I try to explain that my job as a therapist is to help the client see their situation from a different perspective.  It is from this new perspective that relief can be found.

In a documentary about musicians and their creative process, The Edge from U2 expressed this concept beautifully:

“When you go past a managed forest, you see a mass of tree trunks.

Then, at a certain point, you look again and they’re all in perfect rows.


Clarity of vision.

What you’ve been looking at from the wrong angle and not seeing at all.

You labor.

You sweat to see what you couldn’t have seen from that other perspective”

Optimally, psychotherapy helps you see what you couldn’t have seen from a different angle but was there all along.