What is psychotherapy?
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Smita Rajput Kamble, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
11th January, 2011
Psychotherapy is a process. if you believe that all living organisms require a cocoon in order to transform into something else, then therapy is that cocoon. Jung wrote extensively of the process of individuation and rebirth. He urged getting rid of moralising and seeing every action as part of a process.
For e.g, if your spouse cheated on you, you would go into some reactive mode - leave or make charges, file for divorce etc.
On the other hand, you could ask 'why now?' which may lead to a better understanding of how someone may have reacted to the onset of midlife (starting from mid 20s) or the coming of age of children, the uncomfortable feelings they arouse and the displacement of such feelings onto an outsider. it could lead to an understanding of how the person's parents behaved at a similar time- in a family that lives together, more often than not, we pick up behaviour that is embedded deeply rather than the 'we must not do this and that' which we constantly repeat to ourselves.
If my son for eg breaks a plate, the doorbell is ringing and I find out I have lost my wallet I am more likely to behave like my parents than all the taught behaviour of how I must react.
Psychotherapy that can bring about change, that punctuation in your attitudes and behaviour if you allow it to.
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