121. My Brother Bill on Psychotherapy

As I mentioned in my first post on the difference between psychotherapy and counseling, my brother Bill is a deep-healing psychotherapist, with a doctorate in psychology. By the way, he is Dr. Wally in my book Too Late in the Afternoon: One Man’s Triumph Over Depression. Bill was my long-distance psychotherapist (North Carolina to Minnesota) and played a critical role in bringing me through depression into stability. He is a triple brother to me – my brother in blood, my brother in Christ, and my best friend. Everyone should have a brother like Bill.

Bill reviewed my post on psychotherapy and counseling and felt it was accurate but that I oversimplified the entities of body, soul, and spirit. Here is his definition from his own study and experience, and from how he ties this all together in treating his clients.

“There is a nexus of soul/spirit. Your categories of spirit, soul, and body are conceptualized as three distinct entities, but I believe that they exist in reality in an interweaving, intertwingling (I just made this word up) way. Only God knows where the dividing of the soul and spirit is…they are that intertwined. As a therapist, I stand in that nexus of soul and spirit. I minister to soul/spirit wounds. To be comprehensive with a description of healing, it would be a psychiatrist for the body; a psychotherapist for the soul; and a faith-based psychotherapist or pastoral psychologist or psychotheologian for the spirit. Or, in my case, a deep-healing psychotherapist for the spirit.”

This makes sense to me. If you have any questions or if you would like further clarification of this important information, let me know in the comment section.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
This entry was posted in Psychotherapy and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to 121. My Brother Bill on Psychotherapy

  1. jenowenby says:

    Excellent post! I really agree with Bill on how intertwined we are. Thank you for sharing. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with him.

    • Patrick Day says:

      jenowenby, I am truly blessed to have Bill as a brother. I only wish he were closer so we could hang out and talk, as we do when we visit our home town in Minnesota once a year, or when I go out to North Carolina.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s