How do you know if you’re “showing up” at your best psychological potential?
If you wanted to improve your running time, wouldn’t you look at your running form? Your training regimen? Your shoes? Your nutrition?
What about your psychological game? Is it optimized? Is there room for growth?
It may surprise some, but psychotherapy does not necessarily imply illness, although the evidence is clear that it is a first-line treatment for all forms of psychological illness, whether someone decides to use medication or not.
Psychotherapy is a process that helps a person navigate the path of self-awareness and introspection to clarify:
- What they want;
- and the mental strategies by which they can get it.
Often, upon this path, many matters related to the human spirit – resilience, forbearance, forgiveness, self-compassion, acceptance, generosity, love – surface and are mobilized in our quest for higher grounds.
A psychotherapist is involved to help co-construct a preferred narrative.
- The relationship is one steeped in respect, good will, hope, encouragement, objectivity, curiosity, and non-judgment.
- This is an effective context from which to acquire the different perspectives that are associated with change; that helps people navigate their life with greater ease and skill.
- Within this safe environment, patient and therapist work together to empower the arsenal of thought, feeling, and behaviour patterns that facilitate patients to live their preferred futures.
In the process of working towards new experiences…
- Patients also cultivate new skills and perspectives that broaden their view and experience of themselves, others and the world.
- They become more discerning and accepting of situations that are not within their control versus those that are
- They learn that they do have a choice in the way they “show up”
The result is increased resilience, hope and conscious living.