So many people have been trained to believe that mental health is for one, simply mental, ignoring how actions, the overall body-sense and emotions lead to health and optimal functioning. And two: simply about coping better with dysfunction, with managing and getting by, rather than thriving and changing.
In contrast, my approach focuses on “Transformance” or the drive to change. This is a term coined by Dr. Fosha, PhD which is in contrast to the forces within us to stay the same, to defend against our inner worlds and the interpersonal space with others.
Some of us come in with significant problems and struggles that may take years to truly change, some things take one session to shift entirely. Some things take years to lead up to those sessions of great change. But with the focus on the drive to change, on positive (going towards life, oneself, others, existential reality, in a healthy manner) emotion and action, therapy provides a momentum where there is more and more of a sense that this is impactful, leading somewhere good. One is not left guessing in most cases whether they will change or not.
There are no guarantees of course and everyone is different with different circumstances, but this is what I witness more often than not and what the new sciences on the brain and emotion and attachment support.