Psychotherapy involves an exploration of drives and influences in one’s life. It requires a commitment of time, thought, and hard work, but meaningful therapy is transformative.
Therapy entails a look back on one’s life, but it also requires a look forward and meaningful behavioral change. Looking at one’s past may help to inform current behaviors and thought patterns and lead to a deeper understanding of one’s self. Change involves looking at one’s cognitive patterns and correcting distortions if they exist. Change also involves a conscious effort to engage in more balanced, thoughtful behaviors. It is this combined effort to explore the past and to look at the present and future with an aim for change that makes psychotherapy dynamic and transformative.