Psychotherapie in het spanningsveld van professionaliteit en normativiteit
Psychotherapy is a professional activity because the therapist focuses his attention on a certain (often the affective) aspect of his patient’s problem and by this restriction attempts to achieve a deeper insight. A to-be-feared secularization of psychotherapy can be averted if the therapist continues to be aware of the abstract nature of theory, and realizes that one’s affective experience and religious life are intertwined. Dooyeweerd’s philosophical anthropology can be used to clarify this intertwinement. When treating patients with a Christian outlook on life the therapist will attempt to link his patients affective experience to their religious life by strengthening and restructuring those moments in the emotional domain that anticipate faith. This is an extremely professional and at the same time extremely normative enterprise.