Rahul Bharti is continuously training therapists aside from the regular classes he run in his school. There are no official programs or schedules for such training; this just happen naturally out of students needs or
/ and life own plans, Therefore Rahul has no intention to create any formal therapists training program.
Some students stay for months, some come back every year for many years, assisting him in his work, supporting local people with their various health problems, leaning the different approaches and methods Rahul has practice in his life and sharing his experiences and getting their hands at practicing what they have learn; above all learning from Life it self, on their own, as the best training.
Qualities of a Good Therapist
As the world of psychotherapy becomes
more and more regulated, the emphasis moves towards qualifications and
academic credentials. In all of this, the question of what makes a good
therapist seems to be getting lost. Veeresh is the founder and president
of the OSHO Humaniversity. This private university in Holland has been
training therapists for over twenty-five years. In this interview
Chandrika, the Chancellor of the university, asks Veeresh about the
qualities that really count. Veeresh began his own training in Phoenix
House, New York and has been inspired by the wisdom of Osho, from whom
he received direct guidance, for over thirty years.
Veeresh asked Osho what qualities are
important in a therapist. In a letter dated 30 January 1979 he received
this answer: deep contact with Osho, crystallized presence,
authenticity, willingness to risk, composure, humility, awake,
awareness, loving, seeing clearly, positive, not getting caught in
client's projections, not needing to do anything, goal-less, acceptance
of the present, lack of dogma, flexibility, genuine confidence, more
questions than answers, lack of fear, non-manipulation for own needs,
maturity, lots of life experience, suffered, sense of humor, lightness,
non-serious, playful, perspective, comfortable with structure and
non-structure, individual, unique, not hiding behind the role of a
Osho asked you to train the best therapists. What do you think are the
qualities of a good therapist?
Veeresh: That's easy. All I have to do is to describe myself. Anybody
who has ever worked with me knows that I care about and love myself and
I want to project that onto everyone I work with. I don't care because I
have to, it's because I want to. It makes me feel good when I feel I
reached somebody. These are the basics you need to be a good therapist.
You're running our therapist program. Besides loving yourself and
caring, what do you think is important?
Chandrika: I think you need to have patience with people so that you can
make steps towards them and take their hand and guide them. And also you
need to have passion. Then you can inspire them to find their own
In your experience what supports healing?
Veeresh: That someone is there for you and that he cares -- that itself
is healing. Of all the therapists that I've worked with, the one's that
turn me on the most are the therapists whose heart I can feel; they care
about what they are doing. I have been with therapists who have been
using me as a statistic on a chart on a board; I didn't feel cared for
or loved at all. I felt like I was just another case load.
Whatever problem there is, everyone is a healer inside also. When you
look inside you can see that you have the power to heal. I call it the
love force, or soul force; there are many labels to explain it. When you
care, when you love, and you give that to the other then there is
transformation. You open yourself to another person and you pour all
your love and if the other person can receive it, healing happens.
Receiving is also part of healing.
For example I remember as a kid when I hurt myself, like banging my
finger, I would run to my mother crying. She would kiss my finger and
say: "Now it's okay."
These are the basics: saying I am lovable, being able to give and
Osho speaks about the therapist as a friend. Classical therapy sees
friendship as a malpractice. Is it important to keep a professional
distance towards the client?
Veeresh: I remember at the age of 14, I was in a hospital and it was my
birthday. I wanted my therapist to say Happy Birthday to me. I was very
much in love with her. And she didn't mention my birthday and I did not
say anything. I was so disappointed.
Throughout the entire time, I never felt the therapists as friends or
looking at me as a human being. They were always looking at me as a
Yes, there has to be professional ethics. But if the goal is that you
finish therapy and the relationship with the patient is over, it is sad.
For me friendship is the goal. We make that clear with all our
therapists that the patients are not just a case, but you are inviting
them to a friendship. What do you think?
Chandrika: In therapy you are teaching people to overcome their
isolation and to relate in a nourishing way. When that happens, you can
relate as friends in a healthy mature way.
Veeresh: Humaniversity therapists have the most friends in the world.
In the seventies in progressive therapeutic circles therapist and client
often got involved sexually. Today such relationships are considered
abusive. What do you say about it?
Veeresh: I was one of those therapists practicing in the 70's. I got
enthusiastic about surrogate sex therapy and I tried to be a therapist
and be sexually involved with the patient. In the beginning it felt
great, but at the end it was a complete catastrophe. The result was that
patients wanted to have a relationship with me and I was trying to
finish the therapy. It was not working at all.
I saw that either you are a therapist or you are going to end up playing
prostitute and that is not what I wanted; it just did not feel right to
me. So, I agree there needs to be professional ethics and they have to
Chandrika: It is important that the client has all the space to work
through his or her issues. If you start to get sexually involved, you
become part of the problem rather than the solution.
The therapist is there to help the client find himself. How can a
therapist avoid the trap of thinking that he already knows what is good
for the client?
Veeresh: I think it's a good thing to tell the client what you think is
good for him and say that this is your trip. Then the person has a frame
of reference. The therapist wants him to change, to improve his
relationship with his parents, talk to his boss, whatever.
As well as being objective, the therapists' projections, their
positions, their thinking, where they're at, what they feel – that's all
valid. Then the client knows that this is what the therapists thinks and
feels. When the therapist only asks: "Why? Tell me more. Can you explain
that?" he becomes a cold clinical instrument.
People need contact and they need your objectivity as well as your
subjectivity. They need your feelings and your irrational thoughts. You
can say: "This is my position. What's your position?" That's a beautiful
way to learn, showing people that you are human too and that you're not
better, or less than they are.
What part does meditation play in your work as a therapist?
Veeresh: Meditation is where we are all heading at the Humaniversity.
We're a meditation school and we use any means to get people to look at
themselves. That's really fun.
First they heal their wounds and work on their problems, and then they
start to look at themselves. It goes hand in hand with therapy to help
people say, "Hey, who are you now at this moment? Accept that, it's
another part of you, another mirror." I call that Social meditation.
I would not like the Humaniversity to become a normal center where there
is no excitement, no controversy, no fear about coming here because you
are going to change. I want all the people who dare to walk in through
the door, to become enlightened and fall in love with themselves and
I meet people who tell me that they wanted to come to my place for 20
years. Twenty years – what a miss! Fear is great; it's exciting. It
means that things are not boring or predictable.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Veeresh: I like to tell my therapists that their job is to be
themselves, to expose who they are, to show that besides being great
therapists they are also human beings. A therapist has a responsibility
– if he is talking the talk he has to walk the walk. If he is asking
other people to look at themselves, he has to look inside himself to set
an example. Then people can trust you, and a lot of healing happens when
you trust the therapist.
I like Osho saying that therapy is a function of love. Once we teach
everybody how to love each other then we'll be out of work. That's our
goal – to teach everybody to love each other.