Psychotherapy is a way of resolving personal or emotional problems through a special form of talking. The therapist provides a setting of safety, confidentiality, acceptance and concern that allows clients to explore their issues more fully and to find new ways of approaching them.
When to Consider Psychotherapy
You might find it helpful to remember that emotional difficulties are as common as physical ones, and you would not hesitate to seek the help of a professional for a medical reason. As human beings, we periodically have many different needs – emotional, physical, and spiritual. Getting help with any of these dimensions is simply a part of healthy living. In truth, the concerns that bring you into therapy may be shared by many people and do not imply that you have a serious “mental problem”.
It also is possible that you are seeking therapy for preventive purposes. Therapy can help you address concerns in their early stages, before they evolve into unmanageable problems or crises. Incorporating therapy as one dimension of a comprehensive program of personal wellness may further enhance the quality of your life.
Psychotherapy is an activity that involves the examination of behaviour and it requires work to solve problems. Behaviour is anything we do. It can be any action, what you are thinking, what you say, a memory, a sensation or an emotion. Work is the redirection of anything we do that requires some degree of effort. This includes changing any behaviour or the continuance of behaviour against other tendencies, habits or usual actions.
What are the Underlying Principles Used in Psychotherapy?
There are hundreds of methods used to achieve the goals of psychotherapy. These
methods are based on observation, research and theories that explain, predict or influence a change in our behaviour. There are only a few underlying principles in psychotherapy.
• New awareness and insight changes our experience, response tendencies and choices.
• Practicing new behaviours will change other behaviours.
• New experiences can motivate us to take action, change and grow.
• Adults, and especially children, tend to adopt behaviours of the people they bond with.
• Advice, directions and techniques are not nearly as important as the therapeutic relation ship and the resources that the person brings into therapy.
• Hope, the desire to change and the expectation that change will happen are essential but not that powerful alone.
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