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At times the transformative psychological processes that are inherent in all human beings and are supportive of psychological well-being are arrested or get stuck. A supportive environment as provided by a professional therapeutic relationship can unblock these “natural” processes, thereby enabling healthy development.
Based on our histories, we learn strategies for handling life’s challenges; these strategies include typical ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. Because we have generally had years of practise in using habitual strategies, we tend to apply them automatically and unconsciously, especially in times of crisis.
In the course of our development and as our life circumstances change, previously effective strategies may become dysfunctional. As part of working together I will help you recognise and understand these patterns. Together we will identify how you can adjust or transform well-practised strategies so that they can once again become functional and conducive to psychological well-being.
Sometimes it is necessary to let go of old patterns: this can be daunting! Rediscovering your resources – your strengths, talents, supportive life experiences and interests – can provide a stepping stone for developing new coping strategies and is a crucial component of therapy and of counselling.
When human beings are beset with anxiety, depression or have lost our balance in the wake of traumatic experiences, our perspective tends to become narrow and we may feel caught in a maelstrom of overwhelming emotions. A supportive and accepting therapeutic relationship can help restore a sense of calm and provide the safety and confidence needed to develop new, constructive perspectives on current challenges and difficulties.