Psychotherapy offers an understanding of the working of the mind. Our health is directly and indirectly affected by our behaviours, our thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and actions. The target organ of psychotherapy is the brain. Current scientific research illustrates that changing how we think, feel, imagine, and act impacts brain structures and our overall well-being.
One's life is the sum of the choices one makes. Healthy choices lead to a happier life and destructive choices hurt us. Unfortunately, habitual patterns cause us to react automatically like a reflex, rather than with consideration. One often can't even identify options when operating from a habitual patterned mindset. Psychotherapy offers a unique opportunity to explore the mind and provides insights leading to greater mastery of one's mind.
Neurobiology of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can be seen as a manual to understanding one’s self. Teaching individuals about how the brain works, understanding the impact of early learning on the brain and body, understanding the workings of memory, and recognizing our vulnerabilities and weaknesses can help us to reshape the future. The role of awareness can not be understated in our own healing. The more you know yourself and understand yourself the greater mastery you will have over your life.
How Psychotherapy Can Help You
Psychotherapy is a treatment used
to relieve both emotional and mental distress.
It is often referred to as the talking
cure because through verbal exploration one is able to discover
and understand behaviour, thoughts and attitudes. Psychotherapy
is aimed at lessening psychological anguish, fear, depression,
confusion, and living more completely and joyfully.
The process involves looking at one's
problems with a new perspective and learning to dissolve destructive
patterns that may have become automatic and entrenched in one's
way of life.
Destructive emotional attachments,
learned helplessness, and pessimism are some patterns that need
to be given up if one decides to attain a better quality of life.
Through talking, openly and freely with a trained professional,
one explores the mind and habitual thought patterns.
The goal of treatment is an increased
understanding of the sources of one's inner conflicts and emotional
problems. Persons are plagued by a variety of difficulties that
may constrict one's lifestyle. Some people are incapacitated by
long-standing symptoms, depression, anxiety, sexual or physical
difficulties, and inability to trust and get close to anyone.
Others enter psychotherapy to analyze
repeated failures in work or in love. Sometimes one's character
substantially limits choices and pleasures. Whatever the problem,
each is unique and different, and understood only within the context
of the person's strengths and life situation.
Just as no two human beings are alike,
no two treatments are alike.