Don't carry problems forward - Heal them now - And move forward freely
Don't carry problems forward - Heal them now - And move forward freely
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Psychotherapy is talk therapy or a form of counseling where the client, couple or family come in for approximately one-hour sessions to help with whatever the presenting problem may be. A form of counseling, psychotherapy has been reported to help most individuals resolve or moderate ongoing issues and improve functioning. There are man
Psychotherapy is talk therapy or a form of counseling where the client, couple or family come in for approximately one-hour sessions to help with whatever the presenting problem may be. A form of counseling, psychotherapy has been reported to help most individuals resolve or moderate ongoing issues and improve functioning. There are many forms of psychotherapy and the depth to which issues are processed is dependent on the therapist's training and the client's openness to personal exploration.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a treatment modality utilized during counseling/therapy by a professional, typically in the mental health or medical healthcare fields, for the benefit and wellbeing of the person being hypnotized. The individual's attention may shift to a more inward focused, contemplative state, where during this heightened sen
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a treatment modality utilized during counseling/therapy by a professional, typically in the mental health or medical healthcare fields, for the benefit and wellbeing of the person being hypnotized. The individual's attention may shift to a more inward focused, contemplative state, where during this heightened sense of awareness one is able to tap into already existing resources within that can facilitate adaptions or changes in one's life, according to the individual's own intentions.
Counseling can be dramatically helpful for those experiencing difficulties in daily life. There was once a stigma associated with one who sought out counseling/therapy but this is a thing of the past. Individuals of all ages, socioeconomic status, world views, religious affiliation, or spiritual belief system often now seek out help whe
Counseling can be dramatically helpful for those experiencing difficulties in daily life. There was once a stigma associated with one who sought out counseling/therapy but this is a thing of the past. Individuals of all ages, socioeconomic status, world views, religious affiliation, or spiritual belief system often now seek out help when things haven't seemed to be going well. Counseling is now easily available and has demonstrated its usefulness in today's hectic, reality based, frenetic society. It's at your fingertips now.
Depression and mood fluctuations are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that one can experience at some point in life. Through counseling and treatment, the individual can learn to recover motivation, perspective, and joy that was once present.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances from the past. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger beyond post traumatic experience. Counseling can help to overcome these symptoms and guide one through the process of healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples or families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy/counseling sessions are held within a supportive, nurturing and interactive environment where discussions may lead to solutions and strengthened relationships.
Anxiety can be a feeling of fear now, while focused on the future that has not happened or come to be yet. Through counseling, the individual is helped to remember "freewill" and "choice" which is the antidote to anxiety. By developing and strengthening one's belief in a positive future and one's own freedom to choose better possibilities, anxiety can be significantly reduced or even stopped completely.
Obsessing over things and then feeling compelled to act on them can be debilitating for some. It can lead many to feel that life is limited and hopeless. This does not have to be the case and does not have to be something that one settles for. Therapy/counseling can help by changing thought process and developing competing or alternate thoughts and behaviors that lead to a more enjoyable life, free from a "tyranny of the shoulds."
Society is by nature social and humans crave opportunities to affiliate with others. It can be such a paradox that humans congregate in huge cities yet feel more alone, distant and at odds, fearful of being around or communicating with others. Counseling/therapy can help to ease tensions and bring about a feeling of freedom to just be one's self in the midst of chaotic life within a society that has lost, in many ways, its compassion for human connectedness.
When a loved one passes and transitions to whatever is next, there can be a period of grieving. It is a natural human process to grieve where one feels emotions welling up inside. It would be viewed as cold and a disconnection, if there were no emotions, but when these powerful emotions continue for an extended period, they can become overwhelming and limiting. When daily life becomes limited and when positive emotions and adaptive functionality have diminished, help is warranted. Counseling/therapy can help with processing these feelings and emotions of residual grief. Moving forward and through the grief, finding adaptive functioning and improved mood again is possible, and counseling/therapy is readily available.
Humans adapt and change at the cellular level in an amazingly fast manner. When substances or alcohol have been ingested, over time, brain chemistry may change and biologically as well as psychologically, one can develop a dependence on something that may not be healthy. Counseling/ therapy can help to educate and elucidate the individual and provide the support and persistence necessary to overcome something that has somehow worked its way into daily life, where it has become something undesirable and detrimental to adaptive functioning. There are powerful activities and thought processes that can help one to free themself from a past of feeling fed up. It is possible to make adaptive change for the better.
In this fast-paced world with high tech expectations, work environments have become trying and even overwhelming, with tremendous competition for the same position. Careers have become uncertain and re-tooling to a completely new job with unmanageable expectations have become common place. Talking things through in counseling and finding different ways to think can be useful in today's world for survival. Adversity at work should not be seen as self-defeating. Adversity can lead to opportunity and positive change in one's life with the right attitude. What is it about the currently stressful situation that can bring about positive change and growth? Take adversity and turn it into opportunity, use it as a stepping stone to the next, even more challenging job opportunity, that provides an even better future.
It is said, "family," you can't live with them but you can't live without them. More and more today a maladaptive relationship style has been used as an attempt to resolve family problems, and that relationship style is emotional cutoff. When someone reaches a point where a relationship with a family member or partner has become toxic, the individual can completely cut the other off. Counseling can help to ease the tension and work through the issues. It is more difficult and problematic to cut someone off and move forward maintaining that disconnect, than it could be to work out the issue. The reason for this is because it is not just the other person who has caused the emotional cutoff. Both persons have contributed in some way; therefore, as the party that has cut off moves forward, this cutoff-relationship-style may be carried forward to other relationships and may become widespread, and even multi-generational. Don't carry it forward, heal it now, once and for all.
It is often said that the best relationship to work on is the one you're already in. That can be because you probably know more about the person you're with than any other person. In the past, marriage has been viewed as an enduring relationship contract between parties to which the dissolution of was frowned upon. Decades ago the divorce rate was under 10% and it rose to over 50% in modern times. Counseling/therapy can help to prevent relationships from becoming a statistic. Talking things through, finding each other's love language, settling differences, renewing the love and compassion for the other, are all possible in counseling. Keeping an open mind and being open to character growth can generate a path to re-connection. Marriage counseling is not solely for one party of the couple, it takes two to tango and it takes two to meet in the middle. Counseling provides the fertile ground for relationship growth and with growth by both parties there can be wellness and love.
Couples in relationships can have similar problems to married couples, as well as more modern problems that can be present in modern relationships. Whether the relationship entails significant differences in ages, religious beliefs, spiritual philosophies, same sex issues, or extended family complexities, counseling can help. Communication that should flow smoothly between parties can be at issue, and limit functioning. In today's world it is more readily received and acceptable to simply be oneself, and live with true authenticity and individual expression of self. The complexities of today must be factored in. With high-tech electronics, social media, the world wide web, and whats in the clouds, all beginning to influence relationships, couples must sort through the propaganda. Modern relationships with modern problems and modern issues require modern solutions for an improved way of life.
Counseling/therapy can help.
Protect mode is often the mode of operation present when a person seeks help. Protect mode is when the individual has pulled away from truly experiencing life and has begun to push things/people away; experiences, situations, responsibilities, career, and even relationships. Protect mode can be associated with self isolation and diminished connection, where arms are pushed outwards keeping life away. The individual in cases such as this can also become dependent on another person in-particular to help and care for them. Lack of affiliation with others in itself can bring about lowered functioning and lowered mood. Counseling can help. Growth mode, on the other hand, can be associated with improved mood, openness to experience and openness to relationships, where arms are wide open ready to receive and even embrace what is next. An improved life experience with vitality and enthusiasm can be possible with counseling/therapy.
Imagine a bubble that is within one's reach, very close always; and it is filled with love, compassion, security, peace, calm, and all that one will ever need to sustain a happy well-lived life. This bubble is ever-present, whether thinking about it or not. Life brings about experiences that can lead to negative thoughts that consume every waking moment, possibly leading to decreased functioning and diminished health. These negatives become a lived-confirmation-bias whereby the individual constantly seeks evidence and confirmation in daily experience to demonstrate that what is believed by the individual is, in fact, true. The problem here is that what one seeks they will find, and in abundance. With freedom of choice, learning to seek out the positives, learning to stick one's head into the bubble, and even crawl into it, can change life for the better. Positives can be found in any situation if that is what one seeks. Counseling/therapy can aid in learning how to find that wonderful, positive bubble where an adaptive, even enjoyable life can be possible.
Without really understanding the consequences, in times past individuals would simply find ways of living with recurring problems; issues from childhood, issues from young adulthood, trauma experienced along the way, unresolved issues with others, family dysfunction and the like. This philosophy of carrying it or pushing it forward can be an overarching program running in the background to counter and compartmentalize the building issues experienced over one's lifetime. Chatter in the background such as "be tough," "women bring home the bacon too," "be strong," "big boys don't cry," and even "suck it up buttercup;" can all lead the individual to push it down and live with unresolved issues that carry forward for years, decades, and even generations. Adaptive functioning and clearing a family clan of recurring multi-generational problems can be possible with counseling/therapy. Heal it now, don't carry it forward!
No matter what the problem, no matter what the issue, no matter what the limitation, Counseling / Therapy can possibly help.
Give counseling a chance and don't carry it forward, heal it now!