Our Australian friend left the following comment below my post "RETIRED CLERGY SUDDENLY BECOME EXPERTS ON PSYCHIATRY." I think it is one of the most brilliant comments my blog has ever received.
I imagine people go to psychotherapists distressed with all sorts unwanted this or that. Surely the "treatment" if we use that word is to help the person overcome their distress. Let's say they are distressed at having to enter a lift. One would hardly think the cure was to say "Well you don't go near any lifts again". Or to say "Yeah you're right, there shouldn't be such a thing as lifts. Why don't we try to get rid of them?' Surely the "treatment" lies in helping the person to a better adjustment to reality. Much harder to do, and requiring a deeper understanding of the person no doubt, than just saying, "Don't do it!"