Optimism and Hope: Creating the Magic of Psychotherapy

We are going through some extraordinarily trying times. Many of us are feeling overwhelmed and stressed for more reasons that we can count.

What is important to keep faith that this is a phase which too shall pass and good times will be here again. Speaking about one's feelings is of utmost importance be it to family, friends or maybe a friendly neighbour.

Some of us might be toying with the idea of speaking to a professional. This could be a suitable option, as we can read in this interesting article here. interesting piece on the topic by Tim Hoffman, contributing author is a psychotherapist based in Hong Kong.

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“Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German dramatist, novelist, poet, & scientist (1749 - 1832)

It’s hard to change ourselves. We end up in therapy because we’re trying to change, but we’re stuck. We can’t feel happier, our anxiety is beyond our control, our relationship is consumed with quarrels, or perhaps we find our minds hijacked by food, drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, porn and so on.

Yet once in therapy, somehow, almost magically, things begin to change. Sometimes the simple relief of being able to tell our deepest secrets to another human is enough. Other times it’s finding out that we’re not the bad person we feared that unlocks our ability to change. Or it might be that we’ve been offered another way of looking at our problem, or been asked to experiment with new thoughts and behaviors.