Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
– Carl Jung
Response to a crisis
In my experience, most people seek psychotherapy as a result of a personal crisis. Something in their lives has gone wrong and brought them to a point where they are no longer able to use their old coping mechanisms. The internal balance has been disturbed. Sometimes the reasons for the personal crisis are obvious: divorce, death or financial difficulties. At other times the trigger is not clear, yet the person experiences emotions and feelings that may be unbearable. Symptoms can include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, disturbed sleep, or general feelings of unhappiness.
Getting to know yourself better
It is also true that some people choose to start psychotherapy because they feel that it’s time to do so – they want to take the opportunity to get to know themselves better and they experience the desire to find out what makes them tick. Unfortunately, this is the exception rather than the rule, and most people arrive at my rooms because they feel they have no choice.
Therapy can help you:
- Deal with divorce or separation
- Cope with depression, panic attacks and anxiety
- Better navigate major life changes
- Understand and heal childhood and adult traumas
- Understand and heal self-destructive behaviour
- Improve your relationships with others
- Improve your relationship with yourself
- Handle everyday challenges more effectively
- Develop greater self-awareness and self-determination
The positive benefits of therapy
Being in therapy is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about who you are. It may change your life completely, or it may simply make things better and more manageable. Regardless of the extent of the shift you experience during the process, the one thing you can be sure of is that it will empower you by making you much wiser and more self-aware. In this way, you become better attuned to the patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you. You are also better able to make positive choices in your life, set healthier boundaries, and achieve improved quality of life.