The times in which we live can make it difficult for us to express our true feelings and emotions, and our lives can suffer as a result. If things aren’t working out, we may choose to opt for a new start, a new job, new home or a new partner. We hope things will be ‘different’ but, after a while, they are just the same as before, and we begin to think there is something ‘wrong’ with us. This isn’t very good for our self-esteem or our morale and, although we battle on courageously there may come a time when we face physical or emotional problems that threaten to tear us apart. Whether you have reached this point, or just feel that things aren’t ‘quite right’, it may be worth considering the benefits of Emotional Therapy.
HOW DOES EMOTIONAL THERAPY DIFFER FROM COUNSELLING?
Emotional Therapy holds the holistic premise that the spirit is of equal importance to the mind and body. It differs from counselling in rather than simply using the mind to analyse symptoms, it seeks to promote healing of the original emotional wounds by working through the feelings. Its aim is to bring clients to that wholeness from which they can comfortably live their world and manage their lives.
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL THERAPY?
Emotional Therapy is a means of helping people who are suffering emotional turmoil in their lives, whether brought about by a crisis, a long-term situation, persistent unhappiness, depression, apathy or difficulties in relating to others.
It is increasingly recognised that emotions and their expression or repression play a large part in our physical and mental health. Physical effects and residual energy of painful experiences can remain in the body as blockages. Emotional Therapy can safely help to alleviate these blocks and free us from distress, confusion and repeated or unwanted behaviour patterns. Emotional Therapy seeks to heal emotional wounds by helping clients get in touch with their past and present feelings. The aim is to identify insecurities and negative patterns of behaviour and deal with them – so that clients can go on to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.
HOW CAN EMOTIONAL THERAPY HELP?
Sometimes just taking the first step can be a huge relief. Emotions are part of us but sometimes feel overwhelming, just by giving them the respect they deserve can enhance our sense of self worth and value. Emotional Therapy can help identify these feelings which strengthens our sense of self and enables us to move forward. It offers a safe space to deal with painful emotions and heal old wounds. Those wounds are painful and emotions are real, but we often deny them or bury them deeply. Without acknowledgement and expression, they stay with us and block our ability to live the rich and full lives we desire.
WHAT ABOUT THE THERAPIST?
Emotional Therapy differs from more conventional psychotherapy or counselling in that the client and therapist work almost entirely with the client’s emotions, past and present. Using a variety of skills and techniques Emotional Therapy helps clients to uncover, explore and express feelings in a safe supportive environment. This process helps to heal the emotional pain and brings a sense of liberation and personal growth. Therapists undertake a four year training course, run by the ‘Foundation for Emotional Therapy’ (a registered charity), before being invited to become a certified therapist.