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  • gandhi“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.”
  • “Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviours.”
  • “Keep your behaviours positive because your behaviours become your habits.”
  • “Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.”
  • “Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

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How does psychotherapy work?

With thanks and credit to my colleague Nick Bendit from his article from the journal ” Psychotherapy in Australia” – November 2014 – Feb 2015, Vol 21 No 1

Despite the fact that we know psychotherapy is effective across a wide range of mental health disorders, the mechanism of change is unknown.

Each model of psychotherapy has a different theory about how change occurs, yet these theories do not explain why different therapies usually end up with similar outcomes.

NICK BENDIT outlines a hypothesis that central to all models, whether they recognise it or not, is a mechanism of change, mediated through the therapeutic relationship, which helps the client to experience emotions and thoughts that were unmanageable previously, and therefore avoided in a wide variety of ways.

Different models address this with different techniques, implicit and explicit, but at the core is the safety and human contact of the therapeutic relationship. This, combined with the therapist modelling that emotions are important, tolerable and make sense, allows the client to explore their internal emotional world in a new way. A new relationship to their internal emotional and cognitive world is gradually built, allowing the client to live their life with more control, freedom and comfort.

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