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WHY SEEKING THERAPY?

Counseling, as psychology, allows for an improvement in one\'s quality of living. The goal of treatments is to enhance individual abilities to deal with every day stress and struggles. I consider that no matter what the initial phase of the persons existing living arrangements, the quality of life can always be improved through professional counseling.

Every day, I have the privilege of witnessing changes in people. These events include changes doubted by even the most optimistic of my clients and refuted by the biggest skeptics. Nevertheless, refinements occur. These adjustments, \'insights\', or restructurings of person\'s ideas are not given because the therapy is magical nor because the therapist has empathy with the client. Change takes place as the subject deviates from a singular outlook to a field of many possibilities.

Among other earnings, the richness of therapy is to establish a new atmosphere of thought. This mindset is impossible to reach outside of the treatment\'s environment, in which the subject achieves self-introspective look by listening to himself and the therapist\'s interventions. According with this, self-help literature is not an option if the aim is to reach the \'new\' stadium of thinking we are describing; the one that only the treatment\'s context creates. Therefore, many people will fail to reach a point and make significant changes in their psychic structure without an analysis on the way. Only those whom have experienced the progress that a beneficial analytic experience produces in their life, day by day, may account for the virtues that provide a psychotherapeutic treatment.

As with any powerful treatment, there are both benefits and risks associated with psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Risks might include uneasiness, feelings of sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness and/or recalling unpleasant aspects of your history. Other risks can include social complications, including revealing of sensitive information relating to family and/or friends. Some changes might also include increased sensitivity to everyday occurrences and/or breaking of social ties.

Despite the possible risks, psychotherapy has been scientifically demonstrated to be of great benefit. Some of the benefits include elimination of depression, overcoming fears, anger management, and elimination of anxiety. Others include increased knowledge of ones-self, improvement in relationships, strengthening of skills, building of self-esteem, increase of confidence, enhancement of day-to-day functioning, and many more. 

ABOUT THERAPY

Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy involved a disciplined treatment that seeks to decrease mental and physical discomfort. It promotes changes and/or modifications in behavior, adaptation to environment, physical and mental health, identity integration, and psychological wellbeing of individuals and/or groups. Psychotherapy is designed to help clients manage their lives effectively and achieve greater happiness through positive and balanced mental state. Psychotherapy helps client develop healthy coping skills, learn how to take control of their life, and respond to challenging situations. Many psychotherapy techniques rely on the premise that our thoughts dictate our emotions, while others focus on the emotions themselves.

Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis is a comprehensive theory about human nature, motivation, behavior, development and experience. Created by the Austrian physician and neurologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), it is a method that aims to research and treat mental illnesses and psychological problems. It is based on the analysis of unconscious conflicts originating in childhood.

The principle holds that psychoanalytic instinctual impulses are repressed by consciousness, remain unconscious, and impact the human subject. It is important to note that the unconscious is not perceptible by the client; clients can assess their unconsciousness only through the interpretation of dreams, slips, humor, etc.

The psychoanalytic technique relies on free association. During therapy clients express ideas, emotions, thoughts, and images as they come to mind, without restrictions or regulations. The therapist is responsible for determining what, in the context of these expressions, are the reflecting unconscious notions. These conditions create the analytic setting that increases client\'s awareness of internal experiences.

Psychoanalysis is based on the idea that individuals are often unaware of the factors that influence their emotions and behavior. The subjects fail to recognize the triggers as they remain hidden in the unconsciousness. Furthermore, the advice of friends and family, reading of self-help books, or even the most determined efforts will often fail to provide enough relief from these triggers. Psychoanalytic treatment explores how these unconscious factors can affect relationships, patterns of thought, emotions, and behavior.
Analysis can be viewed as an intimate partnership in the course of which the client becomes aware of the underlying sources of his or her difficulties. From the beginning of therapy, client and analyst work together to build a safe and trusting environment that enables the client to assess intimate aspects of his or her life. It is important to discuss inner most thoughts about significant people in your life, and include both negative and positive aspects. It is also relevant to discuss any feelings regarding your analyst as they may impact the quality of the treatment.

In contrast to a friend, a relative, and/or family, the analyst is trained to help clients understand their experience. The analyst will not have preconceived notions about what is right or what is wrong, and what the optimal solution may be. Rather than repeating the patterns the client has encountered in his/her life, the analyst will help provide new understanding.
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