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FMriyedTemhaenrnaAplysdAorifm(Ge–rmany)
Your Therapy aim –
God’s Therapy aim?

or “What do you want me to do for
you?”

(Jesus in Luke 18,41)
First published eJ 2, 2012

Therapy aims                                                      Friedemann Alsdorf, Graduate in psycho-
Therapy definitions1 contain, as a rule, three                    logy, psychotherapist and supervisor. After
central key elements: starting with the recogni-                  short periods of work in psychiatry and a
tion of a current status requiring change (disor-                 special needs school there followed eight-
ders, problems, illnesses etc.), certain methods                  and-a-half years of responsibility in ad-
and techniques are applied in seeking to reach a                  diction therapy as part of Teen Challenge.
desired target status (therapy aims).                             Since 1997 at the IGNIS Academy, leader of
In this context, therapy aims need not be sci-                    the social therapy area (offering addiction
entifically grounded, but can be discussed from                   counselling, group therapy, social work and
purely ethical and spiritual points of view. A                    supervision) and contact person for the icp,
consensus regarded therapy aims must be rea-                      the Institute for Christian Psychology, The-
ched between the expectations and needs of the                    rapy and Pedagogics in Switzerland. Now
client on the one hand and, on the other hand,                    head of the IGNIS-Academy.
the presuppositions of the therapist based on
the foci (values, concept of man) of the therapy                                    friedemann.alsdorf@ignis.de
in question. The various therapeutic “schools”
traditionally define their therapy aims very dif-               •	 Symptom reduction, countering negative
ferently, and the personal values of therapists                     developments
add their weight as well. Examples of the aims
of therapists for their clients:                                •	 Freedom (to do what is good), autonomy,
                                                                    maturity, self-realisation, active life-shaping
1 1“Psychotherapy is a conscious and planned interactive
process for influencing relationship disorders and states       •	 Congruence, genuineness, ability to live out
of suffering which are agreed in consensus (if possible             and show feelings, authenticity
between patient, therapist and immediate relational en-
vironment) to be in need of treatment with psychologi-          •	 Awareness (attention to inner processes),
cal means (by communication) of mostly verbal, but also             consciousness
non-verbal, nature moving towards a defined, if possible
jointly determined, aim (symptom minimisation and/              •	 Learning ability, development of compe-
or structural changes in the personality) using teachable           tence
techniques on the basis of a theory of normal and patho-
logical behaviour. As a rule, a resilient emotional relati-     •	 Ability in relationships and communication
onship is necessary.” (Strotzka, H. (1975): Psychothera-        •	 The client’s experience of being important
pie. München, cit. from Ambühl, H.; Strauß, B. (1999):
Therapieziele – Ein „dunkles Kapitel“ der Psychothera-              to others
pieforschung? In: Ambühl, H.; Strauß, B. (eds.): Thera-         •	 Functional (enabling healthy develop-
pieziele. Göttingen, p.8)
                                                                    ments) systems of relationships
                                                                •	 A life in keeping with God’s commandments
                                                                •	 A life in an intimate, trustful relationship

                                                                    with God

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