Charlotte Howard, a therapist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Austin, TX, talks about why feeling your feelings is more than just a “woo-woo” technique; it actually allows us how to rewire the way neural webs in the brain fire, giving us the experience of healing.
Feelings Are The Access to Reality
Feelings have so much information in them. If you shut down your feelings, you really lose who you are. Feelings are the access to our experience of reality and we can’t throw out one part without throwing out the whole experience and all the richness.
The Therapy Cliche: What a Therapist Does
We need to feel the sadness in order to feel the joy. We don’t want to be shut down and, especially in therapy, a lot of my clients don’t want to go into their feelings. It’s such a cliche that you’re here in therapy and the therapist is asking you about what you feel, but uncovering those feelings actually lights up that part of the brain. We actually transform our brain.
Using Therapy to Change Brain Patterns in Austin, TX
Now, the current research can actually watch how the brain changes. We have neural webs that store certain dynamics and we can build new neural webs, but we would still regress back to the old pattern because they’re still there. We will continue to regress back to the old pattern until we can actually feel those old feelings and light up the “I’m bad” part of you, or whatever your painful internal dynamic is, and have a reparative experience at the same time.
Having a Reparative Experience with a Therapist in Your Area
That’s why talking about it, “Oh yeah, I think I’m bad,” is not really going to touch it. You have to be feeling, “I’m bad,” and then have a good, beautiful reparative experience with a therapist that shifts you to where you realize, “God, that’s not true, that was about my parents, that wasn’t about me,” and then those neural webs actually shift. To experience that shift, we have to get into the reality of who we really are and the feelings are what lights up those parts of the brain and allow them to heal.
Can Therapy Give You More Energy in Your Life?
Repression of feelings takes a lot of energy and I don’t think many people realize how shut down they become and how drained they are by all the work of being their false selves or holding back feelings or always vectoring energy away from that “closed room of the house.” Letting all of that out will help with anxiety and depression and free up so much energy.
Exploring Your Feelings through Therapy in Austin, TX
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