What I need when I come for therapy

Readers of our Blog may say, “yes; of course I want to believe that my life is meaningful, that every moment of it has meaning. But how do I find that meaning? What would convince me that life, my life, is meaningful? This is a question I ask myself especially when I suffer, when I feel in need, a need great enough to make me seek help. How can therapy, particularly Logotherapy, assist me?”

Maybe the following features of a true Logotherapist, or of any therapist, may be what you need to convince you that, indeed, meaning is there to be found, that, indeed, your life is meaningful. What is required on the part of the therapist to be of any real assistance to you?

As Logotherapists in Israel, we can turn to the Morning Blessings set out in our Jewish prayer book, the Siddur, to find how it challenges us to meet these requirements. It is the message given to us to ”give through” and pass on to you!

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who gives sight to the blind – the eyes of our clients are to be opened to the truth that they are loved and valued; that their lives are ordained to be significant.

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who clothes the naked – our clients must be shown how they were and are being cared for, protected, guided and led in their lives. Their life stories bear witness to the fact that they were never left defenseless and alone, no matter how hurtful their circumstances may have been.

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who releases the bound – we are to transmit the liberating truth that our clients are not helpless victims unable to fend for themselves, but that they can be empowered, find a source of solace and inspiration to step out of their fears and face every problem in a challenging and courageous way. This freedom is given to them, is theirs in each and every instance and can never be taken away from them.

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who straightens the bent – we are to evoke the defiant power of the human spirit in the breast of our clients to stand straight in saying:”Yes!” to their lives and “No!” to everything that terrorizes and oppresses them.

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who spreads out the earth upon the waters – we are to help our clients find a sure footing, a sense of authentic being, that they can be themselves, become what they have been created to be despite even the most overwhelming odds.

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who has provided me my every need – we are to share in and encourage our clients’ sense of growing gratitude as they begin to see just how blessed their lives have become and, in a very real sense, have always been. What a blessing to realize that everything that ever happened to them was for a good purpose, that it made them search for answers, ask and long for meaning in their lives; that it served to make them more sensitive and caring human beings, that it brought them to this point: to find and realize the meaning of their lives!

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who firms man’s footsteps – we affirm the greater sense of purpose and direction our clients amazingly begin to experience in their lives.

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who girds Israel with strength – we congratulate our clients for their greater resolve, their growing determination to live their lives as it was meant to be lived.

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who crowns Israel with splendor – there is a crowning award awaiting and experienced every time an adversity is faced and overcome in the triumph of faith, hope and love. Our clients’ very lives have become a destination, a mission and call to grow to full Messianic stature!

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, Who gives strength to the weary – the battle is never lost, there is rest and respite, a haven of peace, a refreshing, an invigoration, a celebration of Sabbath, all along the way. It is with this confidence that we leave our clients as we take leave of them. (Submitted by Teria Shantall)

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