I'm Here to Listen
Albert Einstein said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I find that this quote probably best fits my idea of what therapy is really all about.
Bottom line, you have been doing what you are doing and are not happy. Maybe you have even tried a few different things but are still frustrated that life somehow stays the same or even gets worse. Chances are, either what you are doing is clearly not working for you or your expectations are unrealistic. Therapy is really all about learning how to do it different in order to get the desired result. Don’t get me wrong, the whole “feel good factor” is definitely a large part of it as well (the validation, empowerment, healing, repairing of relationships, etc.). But stripped down to the core, doing it differently to bring about positive change is what it’s all about.
Only by doing things differently can we make our lives different. Therapy offers the “how to” in order to most effectively “do it different.” You can’t make different choices doing the same things or thinking the same way. This concept is beautifully illustrated by Carl Jung’s statement, “No problem can be solved on the level of consciousness that created the problem in the first place.”