Quotation by Carol S. Becker

Within Western medicine, physically ill people approach medical helpers in a manner much different from the psychologically ill. Physically ill people bring sick bodies to physicians; emotionally ill people bring sick souls to psychotherapists. Differences in these two forms of helping are visible even in the language; the person in need of medical help is always a "patient," while the person in need of psychotherapy is often a "client." Each form of helping has a particular way of approaching the person needing help. Medical patients are treated, taken care of, and made better by the doctor. Psychotherapy clients must be actively engaged in their healing.
Carol S. Becker (b. 1942), U.S. educator, clinical psychologist. Living and Relating: An Introduction to Phenomenology, ch. 15, Sage Publications (1992).
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