Sex, Love, Psychotherapy, Consciousness, Cognition, Orientation, and the Self
From the beginnings of modern psychotherapy in the 1880s, its emotional component has been regarded with ambivalence or totally avoided. After Freud fled behind the couch, emotion expressed toward the therapist was regarded as a “transference,” and the therapist was expected to refrain from emotion altogether within the confines of the therapeutic relationship.
But even from the earliest days there have also been therapists who moved away from the mainstream approach. Today we not only see large numbers of therapists engaging in relational psychotherapy, but increasing recognition of the significance of emotionality in psychotherapy across schools of thought.
However, a component that continues to be conspicuously absent from far too many therapies is the structure and function of the brain itself. Dr. Gross's approach not only respects the emotional component of the human psyche, but also incorporates the neurological foundations of thought and feeling into a vital, inclusive, characterologically-oriented psychotherapy.