Practising Listening with Empathy, by Thich Nhat Hanh

The first task of psychotherapists is to sit quietly and listen; they are not supposed to talk back. If they argue with us, if they talk back, then they are not psychotherapists.

We don’t need them and we will not pay them! I need you to sit and listen. I don’t need your advice. I don’t need your condemnation.

The psychotherapist should practice listening with empathy.