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Gestalt Psychotherapy

Gestalt Psychotherapy

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Gestalt PsychotherapyGestalt Psychotherapy

Gestalt psychotherapy is a complex psychological system, that stresses the development of client self-awarness and personal responsibility.

Gestalt therapy is “unpredictable”. In that the therapist and client follow moment-to-moment experience and neither knows exactly where this will take them.

The relationship between the therapist and the client is the most important aspect of psychotherapy. The interaction between therapist and client is an ever changing dialogue marked by straightforward caring, warmth, acceptance, and self-responsibility.

Gestalt psychotherapy holds the view that people are endlessly remaking or discovering themselves; therefore, individuals are always in constant transformation.

In therapy, the Gestalt therapist is active and sessions are lively and characterized by warmth, acceptance, caring, and self-responsibility and promote direct experiencing of a situation or event rather than passively talking about the event.

Many therapeutic interventions called exercises and experiments have been developed to enhance awareness and bring about client change

They are spontaneous, one-of-a-kind, and relevant to a particular moment and the particular development of an emerging issue such as the client’s reports of a need, dream, fantasy, and body awareness. Experiments are done with full participation and  collaboration with clients and are designed to expand clients’ awareness and to help them to try out new ways of behaving rather than to achieve a particular result.

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Depression can affect anyone

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Depression can affect anyone

Depression can affect anyone. Many successful and famous people who seem to have everything struggle with this problem.

Signs and symptoms of depression

  • Tiredness and loss of energy.
  • Sadness that doesn’t go away.
  • Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting.
  • Feeling anxious all the time.
  • Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends.
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Sleeping problems – difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual.
  • Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
  • Finding it hard to function at work/college/school.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems.
  • Physical aches and pains.
  • Thinking about suicide and death.
  • Self-harm

An interesting gallery of famous people reminding us that we all could at some point of our life suffer from depression.

Seeking help and support is a sign of strength.

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postpartum psychosis

O relacji z ojcem

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O relacji z ojcem

Ciekawy artykuł o relacji z ojcem.

‘….przez te milczące podróże samochodem nauczyłam się, że nie zawsze trzeba mówić. Jak się nie ma nic do powiedzenia, można milczeć i tak jest dobrze.
W dorosłym życiu stosuję metodę, żeby doświadczenia życiowe, nawet trudne, czy własne słabości traktować jako swój zasób. Boisz się czegoś? To może być twoja siła, bo dzięki temu nie narazisz się na niebezpieczeństwo. Ja wiem, że mam siłę do pokonywania słabości, że mogę być większa od swego umysłu.

Ojciec został wychowany w przekonaniu, że z dziećmi się nie rozmawia, dzieci się wychowuje i opiekuje się nimi. Więc on też taki był. Dziś się tak dzieci nie wychowuje, ojcom odbiera się surowość, a na dzieci się chucha. Zobaczymy, czy to dobrze’.

 

‘Ojciec miał trudne dzieciństwo. Dziadek pił. On sam jest DDA, musiał się z tym mierzyć. Miał liczne rodzeństwo, żyli w biedzie, bywało ciężko. Wiedziałem o tym, ale nigdy nie rozmawialiśmy na ten temat. Chciałem się czegoś o tym dowiedzieć, pytałem go i on trochę mi opowiedział. Ale tak jakoś spokojnie, bez emocji, bez żalu.

Chciałem wiedzieć, jak to robi, że żyje bez żalu. Powiedział: “Pamięć to wybór. Można wybrać, co się pamięta. I od tego zależy, jak będziesz ze swoją pamięcią żyć.

 

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Na Emigracji

Na Emigracji

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Na Emigracji

Na emigracji. Galeria Moniki Szydłowkiej w ciekawy sposób uchwyca realia życia na emigracji.

Wielu z nas ma podobne doświadczenia:)

 

 

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Experts Self-Care Tips

Experts Self-Care Tips

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Experts Self-Care Tips

Experts Self-Care Tips.
Self-care is an important part of maintaining our well being. Psychology experts share their favourite self-care rituals. 17 psychology experts to share their personal favourite self-care tips. We all have different ways of looking ourselves and things that are important for us. Cooking, laughter and pets are definitely on my list! The simple things that make the difference. An interesting read.

My favorite self-care strategy is based on Active Listening where you feed back to others their emotional pain by restating it in your own words, so that the they feel heard and understood. My twist is that I Active Listen to myself. I craft a phrase that addresses specifically the difficulty of the moment, and then I speak it silently or softly to myself. Two examples: “It’s hard to feel lonely on the weekend”; “It’s tough to work such long hours and feel unappreciated.” Crafting phrases that speak directly to what I’m feeling connects me with my own heart. The result is that I feel deeply cared for.” – Toni Bernhard, J.D.

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Breathing Exercises, Anxiety Reduction

Breathing Exercises, Anxiety Reduction

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Breathing Exercises, Anxiety Rduction

A interesting article about deep breathing exercises as a tool in recovery from depression and anxiety. Shallow breathing often contributes to panic and intensifies the experience.

”By voluntarily changing the rate, depth, and pattern of breathing, we can change the messages being sent from the body’s respiratory system to the brain”.

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Also a great video from Sesame Street on ”belly breathing”.

 

 


Self care strategies to reduce stress

Self care strategies to reduce stress

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Self care strategies to reduce stress

An interesting article about self care strategies to reduce stress to a healthy level.  Implementing self care routines can help to deal with it.

”Stress is a normal part of our lives that can motivate us to accomplish projects that we might not otherwise pursue. Reacting to stress in a healthy way can give us the jump-start that we need to meet our deadlines, complete our school or work assignments, and to look for effective solutions to our problems. Rather than wasting time ruminating over the pressures we face, we are able to view life’s many challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow”.

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therapy misconceptions

Therapy misconceptions

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Therapy Misconceptions,
About People Who Go to Therapy.

There are many therapy misconceptions. Often those who decide to go and see a therapist are still misunderstood and stigmatised. Here is an interesting article shedding light on the truth about seeing a therapist and raising awareness. List of 14 things you shouldn’t assume about people who go to therapy.

No one ever hears a friend say “I have a doctor’s appointment” and immediately thinks that they must be rich or weak or crazy. It’s generally the right and less stubborn thing to see a professional when our body is injured or feels “atypical.”

But if someone wants to see a therapist for their mental health, people aren’t as uncritical.

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social networking adoption

Dangers of social networking

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Dangers of social networking.

Social networking sites and the security of adopted children

For most of us social networking became a part of our daily living. Unfortunately with the freedom to connect also comes the danger of cyberbullying, identity theft  and other forms of the invasion of privacy.

This article made me think of adoption and social netwroking. Once or twice  I shared a link posted by a parent looking for his or her biological children. Finding your roots and lost connections is important. But sometimes the consequences might be far more serious and potentially damaging…..

”Birth parents and adopted children are now able to make contact easily through social media after years of separation – often with devastating consequences”

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postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis

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Postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is thought to affect one women in 1,000 who gave birth. The symptoms (hallucinations and delusions) usually occur within the first two weeks. It is a much more serious mental health condition than postnatal deprssion and requires immediate actions. The mother might need to be admitted to a hospital for treatment.

An episode of postpartum psychosis is sometimes followed by period of depression, anxiety and low confidence. It might take a while to come to terms with what happened.

Here is an insightful article written by a mother who shared her experience.

‘When all eyes are on a beautiful baby, too often we forget to look at the mother’.

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