The way I see it, my clients are not broken or weird, or in need of being ‘fixed,” rather, they are normal human beings, living a normal human life, who got ‘stuck.” What I mean by “stuck” is that when we humans experience stuff on the inside, like thoughts and feelings, that we don’t like, we do all sorts of things to make it go away. This makes sense, because we approach things in the world outside our mind and body the same way: we are hot, we “fix it,” we buy an air conditioner, remove some layers of clothes, or eat ice cream (a personal favorite). When we apply the same ‘fix it’ strategy to thoughts and feelings, however, the impact is usually quite short lived. For example, we feel anxious, we watch Netflix, and while we do this, we may notice our anxiety a bit less. Once the show ends, anxiety however, is likely to return, if it actually went away at all. The things we do to avoid thoughts and feelings can soon become repetitive patterns of behavior – we are stuck. At other times, we might get ‘stuck’ in our heads, looped into thoughts about the past, perhaps wishing we could re-write our lives somehow, or ruminating about the future, and feeling awful and again, “stuck.”
I wanted to create this short video series to demystify therapy – covering subjects such as when to seek therapy, the ‘snowball effect,” what happens in the first few sessions, and describe some of the common ‘modalities’ or types, of therapy.
The very idea of therapy can feel very daunting and actually taking steps to contact a therapist can be intimidating. I created this series to take some of the mystery out of the process in the hopes that armed with knowledge of what to expect, you will feel more...read more