When I was training to be a psychotherapist, the one person who made the most sense was Irvin Yalom. Unlike so many other theorists, who seemed desperate to impose a rigid construct on the world, Yalom’s perspective had a fluidity that allowed for the unknown. In turn, this allowed Yalom to be the type of psychotherapist that really helps other people: They do not pretend to be an ‘expert’, but instead they admit to struggling with existential questions as the client may be. And in this relationship of equals (what Yalom referred to as his ‘professional rosary’), therapist and client can welcome the unknown, believe in growth, and keep hope alive.
Here are just a few of Yalom’s many pearls of wisdom:
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