What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a valuable tool to cope not only with all forms of human suffering such as life crisis, biological and existential conflicts, personal and interpersonal difficulties, physical and genetic diseases, psychopathological disorders, psychosomatic disorders, etc.When to see a psychologist?
The psychotherapeutic process is nothing more than an activity aimed at self-knowledge – who we really are! You go to the doctor from birth, not only when you have an illness. You make regular check-ups because this is an effective way to know your body and thus prevent any diseases (cancer, ulcers, tumors, hypertension, diabetes, etc.). With the psychologist is the same thing, you do not have to be sick or having some syndrome or mood disorder. Knowing who and how you are, will increase your self-esteem and your sense of security (a lot!).
The psychologist is a qualified and trained professional to facilitate our own knowledge, who we are, how and why we think, work, behave, and relate in certain ways, to the extent that you will expose your questions, concerns, thoughts, needs, fears, anxieties, joys, attitudes, experiences, etc. With that, what was unconscious becomes conscious, so you get to choose and decide actively according to your real and true desires. In other words, we cease to be “horses” guided solely by urges and instincts. So, assume the position of the “driver”, wise and experienced, knowing the strength and resilience of our horses as well as the best way to go.
How is the psychotherapeutic process?
It begins even before the person seeks a psychologist and ends long after the therapy sessions end. How so?
First the person is unaware of their difficulties or problems, so they do not want to modify their behavior, although people of their household understand this reality.
The second step is taken when the person begins to realize his or her difficulties, but do not know how to react (not yet ready for psychotherapy).
The next step is when a person decides to seek specialist advice.
The fourth step is the psychotherapeutic work itself, and then the person invests time, money, and effort in finding the desired changes. After that moment, when the therapy ends, people start investing in the maintenance of the results obtained by means of psychotherapeutic and introduces this learning in day-to-day life.
Finally, the stability phase – when the “cure” (balance) appears. At this time the person has solved their problems and the risk of “relapse” is just like any other people facing the same situation.
Can emotional issues manifest as physical illnesses?
Several scientific studies show the influence of life experiences in the processes of physical, biological and structural changes that occur in the human brain. When a negative emotion is experienced for a long period, the person has a change in his way of relating to life and can feel the consequences in the physical body. For example, depressed people have low immunity, being more susceptible to diseases (viruses, bacteria, etc.). That is, when the emotion/feeling is not expressed (repressed, denied, etc.), it manifests itself in some other way in the body.
All negative thoughts and feelings build up in the mind which in turn, cause many imbalances and thus physical and emotional difficulties (anxiety, fear, grief, phobias, tachycardia, depression, anger, guilt, low self-esteem, lack of air, insomnia, loss of sphincter control, tremor, and the list goes on…)
The conflicts and difficulties of the internal world of the person should be the touchstone for all psychotherapeutic approaches. The result is a large capacity for personal growth and self-realization.