“I’m not in a good place place right now”
I don’t know that much about psychotherapy. I’ve read a bit about it, I’ve spoken to a few people and, by the power of Grayskull, I have a strong opinion about it.
My understanding of psychotherapy is this: I’m going to talk about myself and everything I feel and think, and someone is going to take me seriously, indulge my every thought and comment, and help me come to conclusions, half conclusions … or maybe just more confusion. People who enter therapy are emotionally damaged or fragile, or both. Let’s call this the ‘wound’. This wound is poked at and picked at on a regular basis so it never gets a chance to heal!
The best types of therapy are those that allow the very complex human brain to charge up, to spin around and to view things differently – music therapy, sports therapy, pet therapy, dance therapy, laughter therapy: things which provide distraction, fulfillment, inspiration, pleasure, creativity and physical exhaustion, thus giving the emotionally-turmoiled individual the opportunity to rest, to heal and to finally view whatever is wrong from a tolerable angle. Or ignore it, nothing wrong with ignoring it. So much better than ever decreasing, self-obsessed wound-picking circles.
Type in Paul Mckenna Change Your Life on YouTube. You’ll love his approach to therapy.
Also Google Clean Language. It is based on exploring positives and not making assumptions about the clients.
You might like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well because it focuses on acceptance and finding solutions.
I totally agree with your views and think that the Freudian “ruminate and talk about your faulty childhood with some old guy who’s making stupid assumptions about you” should be long dead. It helps no one really.
Sorry Larry, just found this in my spam folder for some reason. That’s interesting you mention Paul McKenna, I thought he just did tricks for TV! Will definitely have a look. The other stuff feels kind of similar to what I was moaning about, but I guess those models avoid some of the pitfalls that irk me so much.