In therapy it can be helpful to examine behavior patterns and learn skills to cope or manage various symptoms. While sometimes therapy will involve finding and enacting various solutions to specific problems, it can also be helpful to examine the context and environments affecting us. Through these processes the insight you gain will help to reinforce the learned strategies and enforce new behavior patterns towards the solutions you seek.
Research suggests we are far more interconnected and sensitive to our environments, and to one another, than previously thought. While we stand as individuals we are also part of a larger whole. Formative experiences in our lives teach us about the world and how we see ourselves in it. The story we develop and tell about ourselves from these experiences is our “narrative”. The way we sense and respond to others as a result of our early attachment experiences with caregivers forms our “attachment style”. You may have read about or taken online tests to determine your “attachment style”.
These are some of the considerations I take into account while working with my clients. In a collaborative approach we work together to establish your goals for therapy, and then we go about determining the process by which you prefer to accomplish them. For you that could be a behavioral skills workbook, thought journals, experiential learning, or developing personal insights.If you’ve never been in therapy before then you may have a lot of questions.