Traditional therapists and counsellors usually obtain their information from their so-called 'patients' or 'clients' in an isolated laboratory kind of situation. Personal Construct Psychologists even refer to the therapy session as taking place in a 'protected laboratory'. In psychoanalytic therapy this approach is taken to the extreme. Clients lie on the couch for session after session for a carefully predetermined length of time and cannot even see the therapist while they are recounting their thoughts. All this I think, stems from the classical psychologists' great love of somehow standardizing their methods and perhaps from a wish not to get in too close lest they become lost in the phenomena they are studying. A 19308style philosophy of science still reigns supreme even in the most modem and 'liberated' of these people. Distance has to be put between observer/therapist/experimenter and the 'subject' of their study.