When was the best time of your life?
While the forward looking approach of goal-achieving psychotherapy may legitimately lead to the belief that the best time hasn’t happened yet, we can look back and identify a best time – at least so far. Too often, traditional approaches to psychotherapy have taught us that we can’t move on until we curse the past and those who have wronged us.
There is another way. In order to build emotional strength, it can be helpful to use the past and “consult” with that part of us that contributed to a time when we felt happiest, most accomplished, and more in control. I have yet to meet the person who said that the best time in life occurred when s/he was passive and contributed nothing to the feeling of success. In fact, the opposite holds true. Individuals often enter psychotherapy when interpersonal, health, or other changes leave them feeling less able to control the circumstances that give them the power to change and grow and experience success and happiness.
Goal-Achieving Psychotherapy is designed to help you develop the tools and strategies to take back that power so that you can better control the direction of your life. You may be surprised, however, to learn how much control you can gain by consulting with that part of you that was around for the best time of your life. In essence, you will be “taking yourself back to you”. It would be an awesome thing to do in 2012.
Happy New Year!