The process of psychotherapy is a journey that is taken by the client and the therapist with the aim of bringing self awareness and self understanding into consciousness in order to heal, break unhealthy pattern or learn to create healthy relationships. It is about transforming the the old self , old patterns of behavior or negative feelings and integrating newly found coping skills and internal resources of insight into our lives. As a result of being in therapy one can experience a regeneration through a new perspective on one’s life. The impact of this inner growth will improve personal relationships, life and career directions and bring one closer to one’s highest potential.
After reading the writings of Joseph Campbell, I have come to look at the process of psychotherapy as a hero’s journey with the client being the hero and the therapist being a guide or helper on their path. The hero embarks on a journey to enter the abyss of the subconscious, to go through personal trials and to explore the unrealized dormant potential of the self. It is a journey where the hero encounters inner dragons that plague him/her from the past. The guide helps the hero by providing him/her with the tools to confront and overcome, and thus slay these dragons in order to continue on the personal quest. The quest being one’s personal aims in therapy which can range from improving relationships, to controlling anxiety, to healing traumatic experiences or changing unhealthy behaviors or any other goals that may be presented at the beginning of their journey. The treasure or the reward of the quest is the client’s vision and desires for their future.
Sometimes a hero is forced to embark on this adventure by the unbearable circumstances of his life. There might be a crisis, a life change, a loss. Sometimes it is the persistent inner suffering of depression or anxiety or unbearable feelings of loss or low self esteem. Sometimes it is the battle between the dark side of the psyche which houses temptations in the form of addictions to food, sex, drugs or money. Sometimes it is the nagging questions of what is my life purpose and why am I here ? Whatever the reason. each hero’s journey starts with the desire to explore the unknown and find a better place or a new land for themselves.
If you have decided to pursue this inner journey, you have probably received a calling to this adventure of self discovery and life transformation. You are called to new horizons by this inner sense of longing and courage. Something brings you to this crossroad. I invite you to make the commitment to begin the journey and offer to serve you as a support and guide to illuminate the way.
The question that stands before you now, do I continue to live the way I have been living and follow “the path of least resistance” or am I ready for change. Do I desire to live life in contentment, harmony and love ? If so, you are reading these words for a reason and I hope to be able to serve you in this personal quest.
Feel free to contact me directly to set up a consultation and I will be honored to share this journey with you.