What happens when short term behavioural therapy meets traditional psychotherapy? What’s in it for you and can they be complementary?
Yes they can. They combine very well, working alongside each other, just like two legs walking. Two approaches improving the opportunity for change. Just as we make outward decisions about how and where we live, on an inner level too we can make decisions about ourselves and the way we want to live our lives.
- We can change the way an event is perceived.
- It can become less traumatic, less menacing or even less influential.
- Creative thinking can build up a bank of better memories, beliefs or “myths.”
- We can introduce changes in our behaviour.
- We can modify assumptions, beliefs and behaviour.
We like to see some outward result of our inner work; our frustration needs the encouragement of a change in our behaviour. This is where it helps to be able to combine behavioural therapy with traditional psychotherapy and as I am trained across a range of therapies, your needs of the moment can be met. The therapy can change as you do and as you move towards an expanded freer more open state of being.
Short term behavioural therapy (or coaching) can help us to cope; it can help us to work out new strategies for living, for relating to others, for our work, for our leisure activities. It can help us set goals, and work towards them. It gives us some tools to implement change. It is not introspective but it does work on our subconscious. Combining this with more traditional analytical psychotherapy helps us to discover the self from a new and deeper perspective; this deep support allows us to work at a more profound and introspective level and to gain a clearer view of events and memories that have shaped our lives. It leads towards progression and contentment.