On the Similarities Between Being a Writer and Being a Therapist

Though Anne Lamott is speaking on writing–I think it can also be used as one of the best explanations for what a therapist does. I inserted the word therapist for writer and it best explains some of what goes on in therapy–things that are hard to put into words.

[image by Hamed Saber]

“We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer’s job is to see what’s behind it, to see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words– not just into any words but if we can, into rhythm and blues.” (Bird by Bird: Some Insructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott, pp. 198)


Whether you are a writer, or a therapist, what do you think of this piece from Anne?

1 Comment

  1. by Lantz Howard on November 18, 2009  1:48 pm Reply

    She captures the essence in that first sentence. As Christian therapist we have to be mindful that the Spirit is the counselor and will lead us to help expose what needs expose. To often we can get arrogant and try to rely on our educational experience. We have received this ministry from God and we are his humble tools to the redemption process.
    .-= Lantz Howard´s last blog ..You Could Sit There All Day =-.

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