Four Things I Have Learned from Restoration Therapy
Therapists all learn a great deal about people from the mental health framework from which they work. Some will be more geared towards working with emotions. Others frameworks will place focus on thoughts. And there are some that place greater emphasis on behaviors.
Restoration Therapy works with all three facets. And I have grown in my understanding of people through the use of Restoration Therapy.
Here are four things that Restoration Therapy has taught me.
#1 — We All Carry Pain
It’s inevitable and unavoidable. We all will experience some emotional pain in our lifetime.
Everyone picks up messages about who they are. Interactions with other people help define one’s identity. Whether it is from being disciplined as a child or being bullied at school. Whether a person has experienced deep trauma or had a happy childhood.
Emotional pain can often lead people to become emotionally reactive.
#2 — We All Can Have More Peace
While painful emotions are unavoidable, they do not have to have control over our lives.
The feelings that a person picks up over the course of a lifetime may be from real experiences. And those experience may be terribly painful. But those painful experience don’t always tell us the entire truth of one’s identity or opportunity.
Feelings can lie. Or at least only provide partial truths.
And the person who discovers what is true about their identity can then begin to live with more peace. And self-confidence. And calm.
#3 — We All Have Choice
People tend to have automatic responses or coping behaviors when they are experiencing a painful emotion.
For example, a person who feels unloved may then experience sadness. Someone who feels disrespected may immediately become angry. A person who feels unsafe might withdraw or emotionally shutdown.
But it doesn’t have to go that way. There is the possibility of changing those automatic responses and choose to act in a way that feels more freeing.
An emotionally regulated person is a person who can choose which action will lead to a healthier and happier outcome. An emotionally regulated person is able to be more resilient when life’s challenges occur.
#4 — Restoration Therapy Can Help Individuals & Couples:
Restoration Therapy is able to work in counseling settings with individuals and with couples. Individuals can learn to better manage anxiety. Couples can learn how to more successfully communicate through topics of conflict.
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Working with a trained counselor in Restoration Therapy can lead individuals and couples to lives of greater satisfaction and joy.
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