Approach to Therapy
The Masterson approach is an object relations, self psychology and attachment based approach that works with strengthening the ‘real self’ to grow, so it does not remain impaired or stuck, by overcoming the defensive behaviours which keep the self from moving forward.
The Masterson psychoanalytic psychotherapy works on rebuilding the impaired self. By sorting out underlying emotions and removing defensive layers, overcomes areas of stuckness. Once the real self is functioning properly, the individual can obtain a self-fulfilling lifestyle, with stability in work, love, friendships etc.
Masterson Approach to therapy in Melbourne
There are many ways that individuals can ignore what is going on within themselves or avoid facing the reality of their lives. Many escape by seeking comfort (sex, addictions, food, affairs) to keep feelings at bay. These acting out behaviours prevent us from facing what is really going on, which can keep issues intact. Many of these coping mechanisms can often create more problems, that can destroy ones life and their relationships.
The Masterson therapeutic approach explores underlying aspects of repetitive patterns and self-defeating behaviours, which gets in the way of living life. Defensive behaviours protect against pain, so the behaviour will not change unless the emotions are worked through in therapy.
Current difficulties may originate past painful experiences, which have been kept at bay. The repression of these unwanted feelings can cause depression and anxiety. Freud formulated the notion, that what ever painful material is forgotten, becomes repeated and acted out in later life. The Masterson therapeutic approach works through unwanted emotional material, as it comes up, so that it no longer repeats itself. So, the individual can be free from self- perpetuating obstacles that hold them back in life.
Therapy or psychotherapy improves ways to cope with life
The Masterson approach to therapy provides the individual and couple with emotional holding and containment, while processing emotional experiences, so that it becomes manageable for them. Psychotherapy organising the individuals emotional experiences, they become free from defensive patterns that become stuck, rigid and self-perpetuating, which can end up taking over them. By better managing emotional material, the self can become stronger to cope and manage with life. So one does not let internal barriers get in the way of living life.
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