Emotional Therapy is a means of helping people who are suffering emotional turmoil in their lives. By supporting individuals in working through their feelings, therapists seek to help people heal original past emotional wounds, which are often at the root of current problems. Further to help people to develop skills that will allow them to manage their emotions more effectively. This can be done by teaching them how to identify and express their feelings, as well as how to cope with difficult situations.
There is a volume of evidence suggesting that the suppression of emotions can lead to ill health, persistent unhappiness, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, addictions, relationship problems, eating disorders, suicidal feelings, unhealthy excesses and many other related issues. The therapist assists and supports the client by acknowledging, accepting and dealing with suppressed emotional pain in a healthy, integrated way. This can be done through a variety of different methods.
In contrast to repression, is a way that enables the individual to maintain an internal balance between feelings and thoughts.Healthy coping with emotions requires an individual to recognize and understand what are the antecedents which lead to negative thoughts or emotions, and how these events could be avoided in the future. To identify triggers that might lead to negative thoughts and emotions. Some people find it difficult to convey or express their emotions although this isn’t typically by conscious choice. While talking (feelings) always helps it is often easier to exercise whether that be swimming, running, cycling, Yoga or simply taking a brisk walk. Exercise is a release and a great stress buster.
Emotional Therapy can also be referred to as Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) either/or are a therapeutic approach based on the premise that emotions are key to identity. According to EFT, emotions are also a guide for individual choice and decision making. EFT is a positive psychology therapy and has been applied to issues as mentioned previously and also self-esteem and body image. Self esteem and body image being a more prominent issue inextricably linked to social media. EFT is grounded in the belief that people create their own reality through their thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
The core EFT techniques are tapping on a meridian point, either with the fingertips or a device such as an EFT-Meridian Tapping Plate or Acupressure Mat; and using positive phrases. Some practitioners believe that by focusing on the good aspects of an event, the bad aspects can either be avoided or at least lessened.The following are examples of positive phrases that could be used to enhance healing:I choose to feel my body’s energy moving freely through me.I am now ready to create the changes I want in my life. All is well in my world as long as I have this connection to my higher power.I am a powerful healer, and all is well in my world.
As my body begins to heal I am a powerful being of light, and all is well in my world, as I tap into the limitless source of healing energy. Emotional Therapy has similarities with conventional counselling although there are also important differences. It holds the holistic premise that the spirit is of equal importance to the mind and body. As well as talking and listening, the therapy uses the individual’s own natural inner healing creativity, thus empowering them and bringing a greater self-knowledge and personal strength from which they can more effectively cope with, and enrich, their lives. Its aim is to bring clients to that wholeness from which they can comfortably live their world and manage their lives.
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