A particular experience in my own career was a watershed, leading me to abandon simplistic notions about "proper" psychotherapy. Shortly after I finished my residency, a 28-year-old woman, whom I will call Ms. C, came to me seeking treatment. Ms. C had severe problems with anxiety, agoraphobia, dissociation, and use of cannabis. She had failed to recover despite having tried Narcotics Anonymous, systematic desensitization therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and multiple trials of anxiolytics. I put her through a series of medication trials myself, but I also insisted that she needed a real go at expressive psychotherapy as I understood it—an open-ended process, with appointments at least weekly, focused on talking one's way toward increased insight, resolution of symptoms, and greater adaptation.