Psychotherapy has the potential to provide great comfort and solace, but it can also be challenging. Thinking about this in relation to the start of therapy, although I would not use the term illness necessarily, I have always enjoyed the following quote.
"We must find the courage to direct our attention to the phenomena of our illness. Our illness itself must no longer seem contemptible, but must become an enemy worthy of our mettle, a piece of our personality, which has solid ground for its existence and out of which things of value for our future life have to be derived." Sigmund Freud
In deciding to come to therapy you decide to take what you are going through seriously; to pay attention to it. There are other ways of doing this, but therapy is one. Presumably you have reached the point of asking for help because there is something you want to overcome or understand, but have been unable to do it alone. As a therapist I aim to make it easier for you to face difficult areas, by providing a confidential supportive environment. I also hope that the experience will be helpfully challenging, and that you find it stimulating; that you walk away with something of value. I believe that, on a basic level, putting something into words and exploring it carefully, sometimes painstakingly, with another person has the potential to incite change; experiences are shared, felt, thought about – altered in the process of exchange, and given the capacity to impact life in unforeseen ways.
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