“I don’t know how you do what you do, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt this good! Not only do I feel optimistic about the possibilities that lie in front of me, but I am now comfortable enough with who I am to face the changes life presents with a sense of opportunity and gratitude. All I can say is ‘Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!'”
I recently received this appreciation from a client who just completed therapy. While her situation was unique, the sentiments she expressed at the end of her treatment were not.
Can Therapy Really Help Solve Your Problems?
The Answer Is a Resounding “Yes!”
It may seem difficult to believe right now, but you too can have the same sense of confidence in your abilities as the woman mentioned above. You can recognize and appreciate your unique resources and gifts, and learn to turn any challenge into an opportunity for growth and fulfillment.
This is the power of psychotherapy. And seeing the dramatic, positive, lasting changes my clients create in their lives is the reason I love doing the work I do!
Similar to hiring an M.D. to treat and heal physical pain, clients come to a psychotherapist because the emotional pain they’re experiencing is interfering with their ability to function in their personal and/or professional lives.
Unfortunately, while most people have little inhibition about seeking the professional help of a doctor when they encounter medical difficulties, our culture doesn’t value emotional and behavioral health as highly and many people don’t consider seeking professional help when they encounter emotional pain that interferes with their ability to function.
Whether or not you’ve been to therapy before, I’m sure you’ve heard all the jokes. People telling you that Prozac, yoga, moving to the country, just about anything has to be better than paying someone just to talk to them each week.
Yet thousands upon thousands of Americans continue to seek out psychotherapy and counseling services every day, and with good reason.
If you’ve been in therapy before, or know someone else who has, you know that it can be an extremely positive, life-changing process, which remains unparalleled in its ability to transform people’s lives.
Antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, exercise, meditation, taking a vacation, can all be helpful. However, they may not resolve the underlying problems people experience in forming intimate relationships or in avoiding destructive behavior patterns.
Therapy not only provides a respite from our fast-paced world, but helps individuals uncover the unconscious programs and beliefs that determine the choices we make and run our lives.
The Key to Psychotherapy’s Success
– Learning to Unlearn What You Have Learned
As Frank Lloyd Wright once remarked, “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
Once you’ve learned to recognize and acknowledge the underlying beliefs that lead to your actions, you are free to experiment with new choices that can bring you more satisfying results and learn to navigate life more gracefully and with more conscious choice.
Making the unconscious conscious, so we may make the most informed choices possible in life, is what therapy is all about and why it can be so successful and rewarding an experience.
What we believe, we create, and the good news is that because our beliefs were instilled in us after birth, they are mutable. Changing our beliefs about how the world and relationships work can result in a life that is truly worth celebrating. And whether you believe that you live once, or many times, why not make this one the best ever?
As Sri Chinmoy, an Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher once said, “An unaspiring person believes according to what he achieves. An aspiring person achieves according to what he believes.”
Healing our minds is one of the most important things that we can do to ensure a happy and rewarding life and professional therapy helps make this healing possible.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me or call 408-475-1789 with any questions you have about the therapeutic process, to find out how I can help, or to schedule a free initial consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.