by Ilana Kurshan

Differing Views of Therapy

I have a confession to make: I am deeply skeptical about the value of therapy. Over the course of my life, I have seen several therapists, especially during my tumultuous college years — and yet I find it very difficult to assess those treatments. Rarely does therapy (at least as I’ve known it) involve the setting of clearly-defined goals, and thus it’s very hard to judge when I am “better.” A therapist is not like an eye doctor who gives you a vision test and a prescription for glasses; with therapy, the test questions are ongoing, the prescriptions are vague, and often the world looks even blurrier as time goes on.

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