This will be an uplifting read to people who feel stuck or disempowered in their ability to heal. The reader is encouraged to take the helm in his or her healthcare through learning and using Energy Medicine, which is a system of healthcare open to a layperson to actively engage in his or her healing.
Psychotherapy is shaped by both what we know about the conscious mind, brain and nervous system, and also by the understanding of the subconscious mind. Psychotherapy addresses both conscious and subconscious minds by increasing your awareness of your inner truth.
In psychotherapy you shine a spotlight on yourself that reaches inside for a fuller, more perceptive view of yourself. This intuitive view guides you in healing and correcting the unsatisfying parts of your life.
Good psychotherapy happens in relationship with a trusted psychotherapist who doesn’t allow you to be anonymous. The more you are known and accepted by another person, the more permission you have to accept yourself even though you have parts or things about yourself you may not like. When you find a therapist respects and accepts you nonjudgmentally when your vulnerability is shown to her, you have created a relational space in which you can grow and heal. The change that takes place will be much more powerful when it happens in such a relationship. When you let the therapist see you and know you, you are allowing her to help you. Good psychotherapy cannot be done in anonymity.
Psychotherapy is the process of making conscious change through talking, through seeing your situation with expanded openness. The benefit of deeper self-understanding is potential for healing and for making decisions that are a truer fit for your life.
There are numerous methods and techniques for working with the subconscious mind which therapists are proficient weaving into psychotherapy. This is quickly becoming a standard practice in today’s psychotherapy. Methods like hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Energy Psychology, Emotional Freedom Technique, and numerous others are widely used as part of psychotherapy because the conscious and subconscious minds frequently hold different personal realities. There is a need to understand and work with both. Psychotherapy provides the safe space of the relationship to do this. Psychotherapy then integrates the deeper-mind work into conscious understanding and healing.
Good psychotherapy is better now at what it always intended to do. It is a laboratory where you learn to like yourself and have more confidence and be more effective.
No one ever tells us to stop running away from fear…the advice we usually get is to sweeten it up, smooth it over, take a pill, or distract ourselves, but by all means make it go away.
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
This is a wonderful book and one to have by the side of your bed when you are going through those times when you can’t sleep and can barely get your breath. Pema Chodrun tells us that this is what it means to be human, that we can stand it and then talks us through breathing and facing ourselves while feeling our emotions.