What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a talking therapy that enables people to move on from conflicting emotional experiences. Therapy can help you to identify and challenge limiting beliefs. These can be formed in relation to your childhood and your life experiences and are the result of your mind developing coping mechanisms. For most people, these negative thought patterns and beliefs have arisen in relation to a specific conflicting, challenging event(s) or experience(s). The main aim is to discover the original emotion, experience or the source of a particular problem that is causing the undue stress and anxiety. Conscious understanding of the cause allows people to take responsibility and manage their thought patterns more effectively, freeing them from the effects of these unwanted, negative beliefs. Once the original cause is brought to life, the emotions can be released resulting in permanent relief from the symptoms as realisation is gained. This is coupled with equipping people with the skills they need to be resilient, building positive life tools and teaching them how to effectively deal with challenges. Emotional issues such as anxiety and other psychological disorders respond particularly well to this type of treatment. This can be achieved by discovering the
How is my current anxiety linked to my experience in the past?
We know that an intense emotional event from our childhood can become hidden from the conscious part of the mind, but is linked with a behaviour such as a phobia, social anxiety, panic attack, depression or a more physical symptom such as a stuttering and stammering. By examining these past events and allowing the associated emotion to be released, these patterns of behaviour, the symptoms, become unnecessary and can therefore cease and break down almost immediately. There is no reason at all why anyone should have to put up with something that is inside of themselves but outside their control. Psychoanalysis enables a person to visit again any unresolved negative formed conflicting, emotional traumatic experiences, in a non-judgemental atmosphere. Once this process is achieved the aim is to change the limiting beliefs and ways of thinking about them.
I believe we must work holistically in order to address any symptoms or problems we have in our lives. There is only so much work that we can do to address behavioural patterns without seeking the cause of them. Below is an example to illustrate this:
A person suffering from a severe pain in their back goes to see their G.P. to address the pain. Their G.P. may prescribe pain-killers, which removes the pain. However only the symptom has been dealt with and it may return as soon as they stop taking the tablets. In that case, the G.P. may refer them to a private specialist, who recommends surgery. The surgeon removes the cause and the pain has gone and will ultimately never return.
Like the above, if a person seeks treatment for only their symptoms or phobia, for instance claustrophobia, treatment may appear to work for the symptom, but the cause remains. In this case, a new protective pattern of behaviour may be created because the cause has not been addressed.