Art & Cognitive Dissonance

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Living with a lot of dissonance, inner conflict and ambivalence can be confusing, tumultuous and painful.

Relaxing and finding a comfortable environment and space, expressing, relaxing, more expressing and being open to approach life as an exploration; observing without judging, can help bring clarity, peace and integrity.

Art helps. Especially, with the expressing and relaxing.

Counseling & Psychotherapy

There seems to be a clouded understanding of what Counseling is and its difference from Psychotherapy. In India atleast, there are quite a few misconceptions. To spell the most basic point first, psychological counseling is not advice giving. And CBT, REBT, Father Fuster’s barefoot counseling, Carkhuff’s model, etc are very FEW TYPES of Counseling, they are not the only approaches.

Having spelled that out, to put forth my view, experience, research and understanding on Counseling & Psychotherapy:

Counseling and Psychotherapy are facilitative and analytical processes for furthering growth to a degree. Where they differ according to me, is in one main area, of what it employs to work with- Transference. Psychotherapy, for it to be successful, will REQUIRE to employ Transference. Counseling, depending on which approach and type is followed by the practitioner, may/ may not work with the Relationship between the counselor and client in a “client-projected” sense of way, and base it mostly on dispensing information and on the CONTENT provided verbally, non-verbally by the client. This is generally followed in brief therapy. The longer the therapy gets, ‘transference’ has to be understood by the therapist, and it forms a map, a ladder- for the client, to work his/her way out to any personal, perceptive restructuring or changed view of life. That is central to psychotherapy.

For a client, what matters is reaching the goal- this way or that! Only practitioners, aware of a larger spectrum of approaches, are in a position to assist a client in helping them find the best fit for them, for their growth process- be it out of a problem, issue, crisis or a long standing vague lacuna.

When open, flexible and working together, the benefit is larger; for the client, and in the long-run, for the practitioners too.

A first step

what a mess we are, i thought.

but this is where any hope of improvement begins –

acknowledging the mess.

– Anne Lamott

How true..

With naked observation and willingness to ‘see’, counseling, therapy or any other change intervention can help facilitate so smoothly.

Wishing everyone wanting to make that little (or big) change, the first step towards it: Acknowledging What Is, within and outside.

(I found this quote on http://www.swoond.com/ where photos and quotes, incur insight, peace and calmness. I recommend a look see.)