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Post  TheSeekingDisciple on Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:21 pm

Now, I know this interpretation is rather modern, but I figure it's worth an ask. Apollo as a God of healing definitely sticks out, but I am wondering if I am missing anyone else.
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Re: A God for psychotherapists?

Post  Erodius on Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:29 pm

Apollo as expeller of maladies, perhaps Asclepius as physician – as you've said, psychotherapy in the contemporary sense is a fairly recent creation in the historical scheme.

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Re: A God for psychotherapists?

Post  ÆtherNomad on Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:57 pm

What about Artemis?

  • She is linked with Selene, who protected and loved Endymion during his sleep. Sleep is symbollic both of dreams and the unconscious (which is to the conscious what night is to day).
  • Along with Hekate and Selene, she is a goddess of the moon, which is again symbollic of the unconscious, as the moon has a bright and a dark (unknown) side.
  • Forest, again, is symbollic of the unconscious and what is the most intimate in it: it is obscure, labyrinthic, and yet it is natural, unpredictable, alive.
For the sake of precision, let's add that my words aren't refering to any kind of vice. On the contrary, Artemis might be seen as the guide in the night, the guide in the forest, and, finally, the guide in sleep, dream, and psychoanalysis.

What do you think about it?

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Re: A God for psychotherapists?

Post  TheSeekingDisciple on Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:24 pm

Well, as someone who is a Social Service Worker. Counselors don't use psychoanalysis that much. It's more of a Freudian thing and Freud is seen as a bit arbitrary and quacky. However, his ideas of defense mechanisms and other innovations were invaluable.

Most psychotherapists use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The premise is that peoples' thoughts control their feelings and their feelings control their behaviours. Thus by helping the person to change the way they think, we can change their behaviours and feelings. It aids in changing the client's paradigm by looking at their strengths and their supports available to them. It helps them to correct their negative self-talk and to develop healthy coping skills where needed.
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