The purpose of psychotherapy is to create a conversation that is healing, a space for self-reflection that relieves mental suffering or distress. Psychotherapy aims to deepen introspection, strengthen self-confidence, improve relationships, help move through life transitions constructively, and expand the capacity to tolerate life’s ups and downs. More broadly, psychotherapy can help ease suffering by finding or restoring meaning in personal experience. This sense of meaning is connected to the ways that feelings and thoughts are held in the mind.
Treatment is focused on the present moment or the current life situation, and on the ways that past experiences and relationships continue to influence one’s way of being in the world.
“Mindful attention to any experience is liberating. Mindfulness brings perspective, balance, and freedom.”
- Jack Kornfield