by Catherine McLaughlin
When we experience emotional pain, our natural tendency is to push “bad” feelings away before we fully experience them. To be alone with them. These feelings can get trapped in our bodies and cause physical and psychological pain.
Many approaches to therapy teach us that if we think or behave differently, our pain will naturally go away.
However, this focus on changing thoughts and behaviors doesn’t work for everyone.
There is another way. We can free up the unfelt “bad” feelings when we experience them in the presence of compassion and lovingkindness. Facing feelings together, we learn that we are not alone in our pain and find a way back to ourselves.
Catherine McLaughlin, LPC, practices Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) at the Resiliency Center. If this therapeutic approach sounds like a good fit for you, please give her a call at 267-800-5073 or email Catherine@cjmcounseling.com for a complimentary consultation.