Therapy Toronto Psychotherapy Definitions
|Stephen van Beek|
(Bloor-Christie & Orangeville)
- Creativity is the silent partner in any good psychodynamic psychotherapy. The purpose of therapy is itself creative, toward growth and expansion.
The goal of any meaningful analysis of a life is to increase our capacity to fulfil our potential.
A specifically creative psychotherapy adapted to the potential of the client not only takes creativity into account as a formal issue, but explores it in depth.
Its premise is that the purpose of life is not merely to understand how one has come to be the person one is in the present, but more importantly how one is to develop into the person one is intended to become for the future.
Those who work actively in creative endeavours tend to be more aware of the interplay of their psychic dynamic with their work. They benefit from a sensitive and probing discourse about their work and the "inner work" needed to achieve it.
Somatic flow, hidden barriers, and self-defeating core beliefs are uncovered and resolved in this dialogue, and unexpected insights emerge.
It is unfortunate that the slang phrase 'shrink' is applied to many workers in this field, because the great pioneers - Freud, Jung, Ferenczi and their great successors - were all gifted, curious, active and vital.
A creative psychodynamic therapy combines the power of the traditional analytic methodology with the innovations that have come into the tradition from other sources of wisdom.
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