Psicoterapia Luis de CarvalhoWe may be supported by loved ones but sometimes it´s helpful to speak to someone who isn’t directly involved in our lives.  Psychotherapy provides a safe reflective space that is free from judgement and constraint. The  process has a beginning, middle and end, and in the case of individual therapy unfolds in a one-one context involving the co-creation of a private dignified space where ordinary suffering can be discussed openly.

Although problems may seem external to us, by going within we discover the qualities necessary to face the unknown and seemingly unbearable. The therapeutic relationship serves to mirror the internal change occurring in the client.

Effectiveness of this therapy often depends on the client´s commitment, quality of the relationship and therapist; but perhaps also the therapist’s ability to integrate various models or approaches that best serve a client. Assuming that each person is master of their own journey, the therapist therapist should serve as a guide and witness to this process and not seek to lead the client to a particular destination . The implicit aim of psychotherapy is to broaden our field of consciousness to enable change.

There are several therapeutic approaches to psychotherapy. One of these is Psychosynthesis, an integrative model which addresses various clinical concerns. The approach seeks to understand crisis as an opportunity for change and re-alignment of our emerging potential.  More than a therapeutic and educational model, psychosynthesis represents an attitude towards life, and as a robust integral therapeutic model integrates psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic and transpersonal perspectives in therapy.

Therapy may sometimes be supplemented with exercises that are helpful in exploring the unconscious. These can include visualizations, meditation, body expression, drawing, role-playing, exploration of dreams etc. All depending on how a client prefers to express him/herself.

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What is Psychotherapy?