Psychotherapy: A Creative Space.....
Sigmund Freud, the Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and founding father of psychoanalysis, developed what came to be known as the ‘talking cure’. This term was coined by one of Freud’s patients who noticed that after talking to him, over time her symptoms completely disappeared.
Both Freud and others, such as the radical psychiatrist and psychotherapist of the 1970s R.D. Laing, believed that as people we are not transparent to ourselves; and therefore do not know ourselves as well as we think. We can be divided against ourselves, hence you might not always be aware of the reasons for doing what you do and find yourself on occasions sabotaging your efforts. You might also find yourself repeating unwanted or addictive behaviours or having feelings or thoughts that appear to be out of your control. You might have tried to combat these out-of-control aspects of yourself with self-help techniques alone and found that they did not resolve the problem. You might then wonder why this is so and wonder what the answer is?
How does counselling and psychotherapy respond to these issues?
Psychotherapy is a process over time that explores how the past influences the present and how this can be understood.
Both counselling and psychotherapy are ways of talking that can help you to begin to look at your life and your way of being in the world. It is about beginning to piece together and become aware of repeating patterns of behaviour and experiences that have not worked for you. Talking in this way with a professionally trained person can offer new and creative ways of thinking about your life.
It is through the therapeutic relationship that problematic aspects of your life can be addressed, thought about, and their meaning understood. This is because talking in a safe and confidential space to someone who really listens to you can have a profound effect. It is through this unique and special kind of conversation that deep and lasting change can occur.
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