What to expect in psychotherapy with Leanne
People generally seek therapy due to an internal emotional problem they are experiencing sometimes triggered by an external event, that is affecting their life in negative way and causing them difficulties. In therapy, moment to moment attention is paid to your experience to monitor and regulate anxiety symptoms and to bring to conscious awareness the ways in which you may be blocking emotional experience that leads to your presenting symptoms. Often it is the defences used to block emotional experiencing that lead to developing symptoms over many years.
Part of the task in therapy is to work closely with Leanne to clarify the defences you are using so that they can become conscious and then can be examined to see how that defence may be hurting you and getting in the way of you knowing your true feelings. Deeply buried feelings can then be looked at honestly in a safe environment that often results in a melting away of anxiety symptoms, resistances and other symptoms.
Defences can present in many forms including: depression, unexplained medical symptoms, headaches, avoidance behaviours, shortness of breath, sudden weakness, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, relationship difficulties, ruminative thoughts, obsessive thoughts and detachment. Often it is these deeply buried painful emotions that are triggered outside of our awareness that result in these symptoms. Unconscious defences serve the purpose of reducing anxiety and blocking the rise of feelings into conscious awareness.
The goal of therapy is to help you overcome your internal struggle with feelings and emotions about past and present experiences that you experience as overwhelming. Emotions, anxiety and defences are worked with directly in session. Therapy is intensive in that it addresses these hidden emotions and exposes them to you to the fullest extent possible in the shortest time. This contact with your true emotions gives you an opportunity to make sense of past and present events, gives your life meaning and direction and allows you to connect more deeply with others. You are then in a better position to use your emotions to assist in navigating your life and making decisions.
“There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul."
“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see and knows what the mind cannot understand.”