A lot of my therapy happens to feature helping people become stronger. “Stronger” to me means certain mental-emotional and character qualities, and the behaviors directed by or at least infused with those qualities. This goal cannot, “technically speaking,” be considered client-centered, as it often originates with me (though it would not be pursued without the client’s interest, and is arguably locked into the nature of depression, anxiety, etc.). It is not a multi-culturally polite approach. The indigenous folk of Lower Slobbovia may define strength as submission to the will of their demented nonagenarian great-grandfathers, and the foresight to sharpen the penis of their bedded sons. . . .
“’It’s very kind, Mrs. Holcombe,’ said Roark. ‘And perhaps unnecessary.’