Carlow Psychotherapy : What is Psychotherapy
The psychotherapeutic process while offering support for the emotional overwhelm that is caused by such events as mentioned earlier also focuses on uncovering and helping people change the unconscious patterns of behaviour that they developed in childhood in order to cope with the stresses and strains with which they were faced. These behavioural patterns enabled survival but unless we learn to develop them to fit more adult situations they end up causing us to respond in the same way to our adult problems as we did to our childhood problems thus making things worse for us. Since these patterns were developed in our childhood and we have relied on them into adulthood they have become so habitual that we often think that the behavioural pattern is actually our personality that this is who I am.
Psychotherapy involves learning to identity the defences we are holding onto from our childhood and then helps us to dismantle them through processing the emotional hurt from which they were protecting us. Over time we are then able to put in their place a more flexible spontaneous defence appropriate to adulthood. From this description one can understand how the psychotherapeutic process will take a much longer time to be effective.
What Psychotherapy can help with…
A person experiencing depression is likely to encounter difficulty coping with daily stressors and may feel helpless and alone. In fact, sometimes the most mundane of activities—getting out of bed, bathing, and dressing—can feel like an impossible feat. These challenges can leave a person more susceptible to a decline in positive mood, resulting in a negativity bias that informs all experiences.