“Know Thyself.” Socrates
This idea of knowing yourself in all your complexity, lies at the root of all Philosophy and Psychotherapy. However, the mind needs the ‘other’ to see its Self. So it is through a relationship that we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves.
“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” Lao Tzu
Psychotherapy and counselling helps you gain a better understanding of yourself.
Most people will have anxieties, fears, intrusive thoughts, overwhelming feelings or unwanted behaviours. Nowadays people are more aware of their shortcomings and will want to do something about them. Generally people go to therapy if they feel that the anxieties are beginning to control them, the therapy then aims for the person to control the anxiety instead. Psychotherapy gives you the tools to control the difficult parts of you.
Seeing a Psychotherapist will significantly help decrease your stress levels. By sharing thoughts, fears and anxieties with an experienced, professional psychotherapist you will gain relief and clarity. You will be able to find a healthier way forward. It can help you build healthier relationships. Through the examination of relationship problems in psychotherapy and counselling, you will gain a better understanding of how your relationships work. In examining repeated patterns in relationships, ie: expectations of others and of yourself, psychotherapy and counselling will help you discover how the difficulties arose and help you move forward into healthier patterns of relating.
Therapy helps build your self esteem and confidence. By sharing your difficult feelings with a psychotherapist/counsellor you will be listened to and understood. From this understanding, your psychotherapist will help you build your self value, encouraging you to see yourself and value yourself in different, and more healthy, ways. And psychotherapy and counselling helps you eliminate self destructive patterns of behaviour and patterns of thinking. By examining the root cause of the destructive patterns, with your psychotherapist or counsellor, you will gain an understanding of why you are behaving destructively and, together with your therapist, find a healthier way forward.