The Greek etymologies of “therapy” and of “psyche” provide illumination:
Psyche – the mind or heart of the individual, not in a bodily sense, but as the seat of the soul. The soul is the dynamic seed of aliveness in each of us, the source of our desires, our losses, our joy and our suffering through this earthly “vale of tears”: tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears of laughter, tears of anger, tears of remorse, tears of excited anticipation….An alive soul is warm and wet, and invites communion with other warm souls.
Therapy – to pay attention to, to care for, to serve.
Psychotherapy is a relationship co-created by a therapist and a patient in which they attend to the soul of the patient.
A “patient” is, etymologically, a person who suffers and needs to learn to suffer better, I.e. to compost the inevitable suffering that is part of all human lives, for her own deepening into compassion, joy and love. Also, to relinquish needless and often self-inflicted suffering. A therapist is a person who by way of her own suffering and therapy, and her long and deep immersion in the healing paths that fit her soul, may serve the psyche of the patient, nurture its development.”