Are you waiting for your friend or loved one to be the first to say “ I love you.” or “ I miss you.”?
Are you embarrassed and ashamed if your feelings leak out in public?
Do you wish you could eradicate painful feelings like hurt, rejection, anger and guilt?
Is your effort to avoid feeling bad stopping you from being open to the joy relationships offer?
Perhaps you have been burned several times in your life and can’t abide the painful feelings that seem to linger and interfere with your life.
Psychotherapy can help you experience your emotions so that you feel strong by:
1. Showing you how to experience your emotions in a modulated way that makes it safe for you to share your feelings with loved ones.
Benefit: you have access to your feelings so that you can connect with others in ways that make you feel comfortable and close. You aren’t scared of being pulled down by emotional quick sand. Nor are you so shut down that you can’t have a relationship.
2. Helping you understand your emotional reactions so you don’t have to shut them down or hide from them by using alcohol, drugs, food, exercise, or overwork as numbing agents.
Benefit: you can use your feelings to develop a flexible emotional backbone that allows you to be in a relationship without having to put your guard up at all times.
3. Teaching you how to use your emotions as important signals that can motivate and direct your present and future success.
Benefit: you will develop the ideal balance where emotion can provide the impetus for your actions, and rationality offer the pathway to execute the actions to your best advantage.
4. Helping you develop emotional intelligence so you can read yourself and others in accurate ways and not get blind sided by massive feelings of shock, rage and fear.
Benefit: you will find it easier to participate in relationships and enjoy having your feelings in control.
Copyright, Jeanette Raymond, Ph.D.
“ I hated feeling all churned up waiting to find out if my husband would be affectionate when I got home. I would have a couple of drinks before coming home to ease the turmoil, and then pretended that I didn’t care what he did. I couldn’t stand waking up angry that we hadn’t resolved an argument. I disliked myself for wanting him and tried to hide it by cleaning the house and doing yoga. It felt like it was either me or him, and I resented the competition. Nothing took the feelings away. It really upset me. Psychotherapy with Dr. Raymond helped me be okay with my feelings. Once I stopped trying to run away from them or hide them, I felt better. Now my husband and I can talk about our feelings together, feeling closer rather than competitive.” Thirty-nine year old graphics designer.
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