The Therapeutic Process
People often come into therapy when they are dissatisfied with how they have been feeling over a prolonged period of time (for various different reasons), or when their ways of responding to others are no longer effective and they find that they are frequently getting responses from others that they cannot understand and that have a negative impact on them. Attempts to resolve the dilemma they find themselves in, often lead to the same unwanted outcome. This is because ways of perceiving and configuring the current personal situation can become fixed. The associated ways of responding, which may once have been effective in earlier situations, can become automatic in the current and changed circumstances. These outdated patterns of relating no longer lead to satisfaction and fulfilment, but instead, keep the person stuck. This can lead to feelings of powerlessness, dissatisfaction, anxiety, stress, low self-worth and sometimes, to an intensity of emotional arousal that can feel intolerable.
The challenge and excitement of Gestalt psychotherapy is to move beyond these habitual patterns and develop ways of relating and functioning that more accurately reflect the way in which you want to live your life.
After the initial consultation, in which the presenting areas of difficulty will have been jointly identified, explorations of the process by which these difficulties occur can take place. I pay particular attention to patterns of relating and what is evoked in the therapeutic encounter as the individual’s story unfolds and bring these patterns to the person’s awareness, in order that they can be explored. By working with this process, it provides an opportunity for clients to increase awareness of themselves, their relationships with others and to develop their range of responses and choices, thus enabling them to try out new ways of engaging in their relationships and supporting themselves more effectively when life presents its challenges.
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