Psychotherapy is like Physiotherapy

By Halifax Psychologist, Brad Peters For many people, the process of psychotherapy is mysterious. This post will attempt to make it less so – by highlighting key features it shares with the practice of physiotherapy. Initial Interview and Therapeutic Goals As part of their initial assessment, physiotherapists will tend to ask three basic questions: 1) How/where do you feel pain/weakness? 2) How/where do you notice restriction in movement, and 3) When did these problems start, and what were the circumstances surrounding them? The answers to the first two questions allow the physiotherapist to note the problems that their patient wants to resolve (e.g. “to be able to lift without pain”), as well as providing diagnostic clues about the underlying cause.… read more →