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Therapy and the Human-Dog Bond

Psychotherapy as Healing through Conversation

One of the things that makes the relationship between a psychotherapist and his or her client or patient therapeutic is the healing power of relatively unguarded conversation.

When therapy goes as it is intended, the therapist creates a safe, warm , kind, and protected environment. In this protected environment, the patient or client can allow himself or herself to be a bit more vulnerable than in the outside world. And this vulnerability makes it possible to have a relatively unguarded conversation.

I believe that these relatively unguarded conversations are healing. They are healing because in them a person can explore themselves. Teheran explore the events and experiences that have shaped them. And they can explore, and even try out, aspects of themselves that they have not known were there.

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