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Lain

If I became sick, what would you do for it?

Touko

If you were sick?

Lain

I mean if…

Touko

Well, since you are still young, I wouldn’t use any medical treatment for such minor symptoms… the way one uses medicine to cure disease.

Lain

Why wouldn’t you use them?

Touko

Lain, you already have the power to recover your health from disease.

If you depend on using those medicines, however, your body becomes weaker.

Usually children shouldn’t take medicine too much anyway.

Lain

So what are you going to do?

Touko

Let’s see… I will use psychotherapy to help you, like talking with you as we do now.

Lain

Just talking?

Touko

Hmm, it’s difficult to explain it. For example, we have a program to recover people from alcoholism.

In this program, they discuss and present what make them drink so much and listen to each other’s stories.

We call it “group therapy.” I don’t like it though.

Lain

Why you don’t like it?

Touko

I think people who regain their health from those group therapies would make the same mistakes later.

They think that they can recover themselves from alcoholism simply by group conversation, but when they are alone, they will start drinking again. I’ve seen this happen a lot.

Lain

So what would you do?

Touko

I try to talk one-on-one as I do with you, Lain.

Lain

And?

Touko

And then, I suggest those patients to think about themselves.

I have nothing particular to support them but I try to analyze what they think on neutral ground. This helps them to recognize what is wrong with themselves, and then they try to recover their own health. We call it “non-supportive psychotherapy”. If they start recognizing there is a problem, it means they are already fine.

Lain

Is that enough to recover them from diseases? Sound simple!

Touko

Right, it sounds so simple. In fact, however, those things are more complicated and difficult to do than you think.

Lain

Difficult?

Touko

(yawn) I’m sorry. I need more sleep.

Lain

You must be tired. Should you take a break?

Touko

(yawn)


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