Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by Innocent Forever, Feb 25, 2018.
All thoughts appreciated....
Thanks in advance.
Personally, I think the point of therapy is to change your way of thinking to a more positive one, just my opinion though. Others may disagree
I'm hoping therapy will teach me to accept the things in my past that still affect how I think so negatively today. To accept them, to mourn what was taken from me and to lay the ghosts to rest.
Hopefully I will also learn better coping strategies for when things go wrong in future.
Validate your feelings and your thought stream. Learning different perspectives and being more positive about yourself.
What about you @Innocent Forever
I think the point of therapy is to let your thoughts and emotions in a safe and healthy environment and to understand why you feel like the way you do and to adjust to positive thinking instead of the constant negatives. Just my 2 cents
It is the process to make someone to motivate and to stay positive.
For me it's identifying and breaking negative patterns. An objective outlook to help me get out of my own way.
To find the root cause for your symptoms. Like a fever is the result of an infection. Depression or anxiety is a symptom of some other cause.
One purpose it to help figure out how to form healthy attachments with people in the outside world
Another is to help us get rid of cognitive distortions
And another should be to help lay ghosts of past experiences to rest
To identify and let go of self-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviours which are sabotaging the natural desire for happiness and fulfilment.
I was really lucky to have two female therapists. The first one was old enough to be my mum (and I have had a lot of problems with my mum) so in a way she gave me the parenting that I never got. She taught to think about how I felt, instead of doing what everyone else wanted all the time. She taught me about boundaries (I'd never had them before) and she was the first person I had in my life who spent time with me without putting me down or criticising everything I did.
She retired and I started seeing another therapist who was nearer to my age so she was more like a peer support for me, I think. She was really good at putting things into a different perspective and kind of teaching me what 'normal' thinking was. My upbringing was so screwed up that my perception of what constituted acceptable behaviour was really damaging for me and she helped me to understand more of what most people would consider acceptable. So I guess the purpose generally is to improve your life and help you deal with things that are harming you, for some reason? Or to make painful incidents become less painful over time?
Same. Perception is a beast.