As human beings, we are inherently resilient and naturally lean towards growth, change and a sense of well-being. When things go well, we feel good about ourselves, have meaningful connections with others and have the freedom to be creative and productive in our work lives. Throughout our lives, we face situations that may dampen, thwart, overwhelm, derail or inhibit our natural inclinations. If we ignore or succumb to these reactions, we may find ourselves feeling depressed, anxious, angry, disconnected, or directionless. We may also have difficulty sleeping, feel unproductive, experience self-critical thoughts, develop eating disorders, addictions or participate in other unhealthy behaviors. Psychotherapy can help you get back on track and find your path so that you can reclaim your sense of self, purpose, health, and vitality.
Psychotherapy is a way of intentionally attending to the situations that cause conflict, distress or unhappiness in life. By talking about yourself with an interested and informed psychotherapist, you will deepen awareness into how you think, feel and act. You will develop a healthy curiosity about yourself and discover parts of yourself that may have gone unnoticed or unacknowledged. It is natural to want to be seen, heard and understood and when you open to parts of yourself that have not yet been listened to, you begin to feel a sense of clarity, validation and acceptance of yourself. And you will learn to make room to change ways you respond to situations that are more in sync with your values, innate abilities, desires, needs and dreams.
Mind, Body and Emotional Integration
Every experience engages mind, body and emotional responses. We are often programmed to be aware of, value, or favor one part of our experience over another ~ for some it is intellectual or cognitive abilities, others are guided by emotions, others by physical signals. More and more we are realizing the importance of recognizing and listening to all of our responses as a way to heal and grow. A mindful approach to psychotherapy helps you to identify and integrate all of these parts of yourself. Brain science validates this notion and suggests that by attending to your thought patterns, emotional reactions and sensory experiences, you can change patterns of thinking, feeling and moving in the world. This offers hope for changing unwanted or destructive reactions, belief systems and behaviors that seem fixed or difficult to mobilize. For example, if you have a negative self-view, by noticing the story you tell yourself, and consider it a pattern of thinking versus a truth, there is room to re-evaluate and create a more accurate description of yourself. And when you have a more accurate and accepting view of yourself, you are more likely to trust yourself and live more freely.
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