Psychotherapy – the therapy of the psyche – in its broadest sense is the treatment of someone suffering from psychological problems. There are many forms of psychotherapy based on diverse theoretical approaches and techniques.
When we have a physical pain, we go to our doctor for treatment. When we suffer emotionally, we react differently: we can ignore our pain, try to cure it with rationalizations or medications, live with it as best we can, or face it.
The problem is that psychological suffering
- Can be as bad as or even worse than physical pain
- Remains intact as long as we don’t treat it.
Most often, there comes a time when the pain becomes intolerable and you are forced to face it. That is when psychotherapy is useful.
Today, psychotherapy is no longer perceived as obscure and intimidating. Gone are the perceptions that it applies only to “mad” people or that going into therapy is taboo. Current principles and practices support a better knowledge of your individual personality. You will live in a more balanced way with yourself and others.
To start psychotherapy is to enter in a relation with someone who is not part of your problem and consequently has a broader and more objective view.
The healing of pain is linked to the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Confidence in the psychotherapist, as well as a patient’s commitment and cooperation, are necessary for success.
There is no school, university or other formal way to arrive at an understanding of one’s own psychology. We learn about it during the course of life, and often at great cost. Too many men and women arrive at adulthood without knowing who they are. They sleepwalk through the world, parallel to their real lives.
Psychotherapy will find the real cause of your suffering. Treatment will not only free you from emotional stress, it will also give you a better knowledge of yourself in general. This knowledge will enable you to find your own solutions and to adapt to life.