Therapy is a mental journey.
“It is remarkable that among mental health professionals and those who consult them when in distress, there is no consensus about the criteria of what constitutes the good healer of minds. In part, this reflects the status of the concept of mind in the different yet related areas of psychiatry and clinical psychology. Even though the basic classificatory document used by psychiatrists contains the word ‘mental’, they no longer consider themselves to be healers of the mind, but rather psychoneurologists who treat the brain and nervous system, much as cardiologists treat the heart and circulatory system.” Miles Groth, the return of the therapeutic.
Three key aspects of therapy:
– Curiosity about the mind and the self
– Challenge for the self
– Choices for the self
Curiosity about who you are.
Therapy on the internet (online therapy or e-therapy) will allow you to communicate directly me, François Weber from the comfort of your own home. When you start telling your story, you give verbal recognition to yourself, but you also begin to listen while in touch with yourself. You have taken the first step.
Usually, in online consulting, you need to have a concise and well-formulated question or request to save time. However, that is not the path to mental and emotional health. My method takes into account that your journey needs to take place at your own pace, within your own space and comfort. It is not your clock time, but your personal experience of time that determines the pace of working on the mind.
When you start e-consulting with me, it simply means that you call to explain at your own pace what you want and together we will create a safe space to communicate. You can fill that space with anything that has affected you mentally or emotionally. From barely noticeable nuances to dominating issues such as fears or depression. Within time, I will identify recurring themes and issues and help you with them.
No worries if you don’t know where or how to start. All you need to do is start talking and I will help you to delve deeper into your story. Often the subjects are different than what you might have expected. That is very common since talking to a therapist is always inviting your own curiosity to become involved.
A challenge for the self.
There might be difficult moments for you. That’s no problem. Emotion is never wrong. Together we will work in such a way that you feel comfortable sharing your story and challenges. I will act as your guide.
Opening up to the possibility of free choose who you want to be.
Your mental landscape will be the territory of your journey. While you describe the landscape, I will give you feedback about what I see through your description. I can also tell you what I think and ask you questions about your feelings.
This landscape can be both your past, your future, and your dreams as well as your everyday reality. Talking about this can lead to unexpected moments that can reveal and explain confusing feelings and thoughts which previously were not noticed I will be there to guide you through your landscape and ultimately guide you to a deeper sense of self. This process is therapy (from terapein, ancient Greek, “taking care of”)
For example, things that are familiar to you can suddenly feel very strange when you show them to someone else. This gives you the opportunity to see these familiar or intimate events in a new light.
Surprises and Discoveries
This is the most beautiful part of therapy for many people, but sometimes it can also be confronting. You will find that you experience different new thoughts and insights about yourself and this can generate new feelings about yourself. The ultimate goal of therapy is to develop your unique creativity and to find a strong anchor to manifest yourself in the world.
From the third step onwards, the journey will differ greatly between people. Therapy is a unique experience and different for everyone. After a few thousand consultations I still have to experience deja vu. Therapy is strongly tied to yourself and therefore therapy is also something that you cannot read about in a book but must undergo to understand it.
Finding out what is around the corner.
-view of the Sierra Nevada, home of travel and Therapy.
Detail from a watercolour by Camille Pissarro, Caracas, Venezuela, 1854.
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