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

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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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.

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