Self-care comes in many forms, it could look like buying yourself that coffee drink that you love, taking a nap, watching your favorite movie, exercise, yoga, really anything healthy that fulfills you. For some people it could be narcotics anonymous, therapy or any form of interpersonal development. Self-care is the corner stone of your life whether you believe that or not. Without self-care you can’t take care of others. In order for you to put yourself and life in order self-care must be a priority, hopefully number one.
Therapy is an important because, it can be many things for you. It can be comradery with your therapist, setting goals, it can be working through personal trauma, and/or facing fears. Therapy can be all of these things and many more. How much you put in will be how much you get out of it. By participating in therapy you can gain great insights into who you are, how you became who you are, and how you can make changes. It can help you process stuck emotions or habits. It can help you learn coping skills, better self-talk, and it can be a way to process your daily life.
There are many types of therapy you can seek out. Each of them has a valid place within psychological practices. Whichever one works best for you, is best for you and no one can invalidate that. Here, I will outline a few different types to give you a brief understanding of what they are and what benefits can be achieved.
1. Psychoanalysis: Is an approach to therapy that looks deeply at the unconscious reasons for a behavior, thought, belief or feeling. Coined by Sigmund Freud but expanded upon by psychologists such as C.G. Jung. This approach often includes an intimate working relationship between client and practitioner. The relationship helps clients to learn about themselves through the relationship built with the psychologist. The therapist may make note of behavior, words, and thoughts or feelings presented in each session. This can help the client better understand why they do things and how they can change them.
2. Behavioral Therapy: This form of therapy is an approach that focuses on behavior change. Whether you are incorporating new behaviors, or unlearning unwanted behaviors this approach can assist in that process. From behavioral therapy other variation have been discovered such as CBT, cognitive-behavioral the