Today’s healthcare system has emphasized a hard and fast focus on short-term treatment plans and symptom management. While this is economically viable for insurance companies in the short run, it can be detrimental to consumers over time. It is best when therapy balances timely symptom reduction and efforts to lasting psychological change. Individuals can identify and alleviate specific symptoms in the context of the whole-self, understanding patterns and world views that have developed over time.
After all, therapy is ultimately focused on creating paths to lasting psychological change, helping people to understand the ways they have come to be that are linked to debilitating emotional states. In this way, people can look beyond symptoms to understand their meanings and how they are affecting one’s life. There are ways that we have come to be that are based on our unique experiences and history. These experiences inform our emotional states, our ways of viewing the world, and our beliefs about ourselves and others. Therapy will gently reveal the intricate parts of the self that are essential to understanding how to create lasting change towards a happy and healthy future.
Specific symptoms that are causing distress and pain can be addressed immediately. The process of unpacking one’s underlying psychological structure will transform ways of thinking and being that create self-sabotaging patterns that sustain distress. This work creates a sense of self where experiences are more productive and life becomes less painful.