There are many obstacles and challenges in life which cause us to become overwhelmed or even frozen and unable to make decisions and deal with the problems we are facing. Sometimes these obstacles and challenges are built block by block since our childhood and sometimes they are a single event which happens in our lives. Regardless of why they are blocking our ability to change, make decisions, or move forward, they are limiting our abilities by creating negative and mistaken internal dialogs and thoughts. These internal negative thoughts about the situation, ourselves, and our past limit or restrict creativity, problem-solving and the ability to see a way forward through the challenges we are facing.
As many of these obstacles include depression, anxiety, Post-traumatic stress disorder, fears, bereavement, relationship problems or stress issues, they can transition from mental health issues into physical health problems. Working with a psychotherapist is essential in changing those negative thought processes and learning new strategies to move forward.
Psychotherapy is sometimes known as talk therapy as clients work closely with their psychotherapists in confidential sessions. Most clients will find it beneficial to attend weekly sessions, at least during the intitial stages of therapy.
During these sessions, the psychotherapist and the client explore, through questioning, activities and discussion, the underlying harmful or negative thoughts which are driving the problematic behavior. This may include messages or beliefs developed in childhood from parents or other people involved in the family.
In this safe, comfortable and supportive environment the client is able to see the reality of how the harmful thoughts developed. This is a freeing experience which allows the client to put those messages in perspective from an adult perspective or from a place away from the trauma.
Once this process starts, how these thoughts are impacting current challenges as well as how they can impact the future are also addressed by the psychotherapist and client. Through this understanding changes occur in thinking, believing and assessing current issues, allowing for better decisions, increased personal satisfaction, and the development of positive and creative solutions to the problems the client faces.
While psychotherapy is not an overnight solution to a problem, through the process real, sustained, and meaningful transformation occurs. This allows the individual to learn new, effective coping skills and strategies. The client is able to eliminate the negative thoughts which have been holding them back in their personal growth.
At Philippe Jacquet & Associates, our therapists use a range of different approaches based on the treatment goals indicated by the client. Each treatment plan is specific to the unique individual client and can include elements from types of therapies as well as different exercises and activities to help each client to learn more about themselves on a deeper level.
Throughout the process, the psychotherapist is there to guide, support, encourage and be nonjudgemental. At Philippe Jacquet & Associates, our psychotherapists are highly trained in the use of integrated methods to assist our clients. The end result or participating in psychotherapy is a true transformation in the client’s ability to see themselves and their personal value in a positive and healthy way.