"Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be."
— Heath L. Buckmaster
COMMON AREAS FOR GROWTH
Healthy Self Esteem
Developing Social Skills
Exploring inner Schemas
Developing Emotional Intelligence
Creating Balance between work and leisure time
Improving Communication Skills
Letting Go of Perfectionism
Letting go of Imposter Syndrome
Finding Love and Connection
Developing empathy and helping others / altruism
Healthy Boundaries & Relationships
Newfound zeal for a personal or professional project
Better self-awareness and self-reflection
Value- and virtue work
Spiritual Growth & Finding Purpose
COPING OUR WAY THROUGH LIFE
Life is a continual journey of growth and change. The journey towards maturation continues throughout adulthood and the experiences we have along the way shape our experiences and relationships with others. We live in a complex world physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually, and most of us would benefit from a life assessment every now and then. What habits, thoughts, beliefs or judgments are you ready to get liberated from? What would you like to see more of in your life?
As we go through life, our relationships with others or our own life patterns can seem to become stuck in negative cycles, and efforts to change can make things worse. We may become discouraged by unfulfilled dreams or undeveloped potential. This can lead us to feel anxious, stressed or defeated by circumstances in our life that seem out of our control. To feel better, we may develop ways of coping that become harmful to ourselves and affect our connection to the people we love. These experiences are a normal part of living and happen to all of us one time or another. However, change is possible and you can reach out to explore new heights of your own potential and make your dreams happen with some encouragement and support.
You probably look in a mirror most days and are as familiar with your appearance as almost any other sight.
But how often do you look inward to become more familiar with your inner self? That is the crux of self-reflection: to know your inner workings as well as you know your outer form. Self-reflection is a process by which you grow your understanding of who you are, what your values are, and why you think and act the way you do. It is a form of personal analysis that allows you to bring your life into alignment with what you wish it to be.
Self-reflection is a means to observe and analyze oneself in order to grow as a person. That growth is the reason why it is so important to spend time in personal reflection. By understanding who you are now and who you’d like to become, you help identify the steps you need to take on that journey. Reflecting upon how you behave and what thoughts enter your mind in response to events in the world around you allows you to see what you can seek to work on. Self-reflection provides an opportunity to think about something in isolation from the thing itself.
Instead of your mind being clouded by the emotions you experience when faced with a challenge, you can view it from a more objective standpoint. You can see it with more clarity and think about it from a rounded perspective with pros, cons, and other important details that help you make a thoughtful conclusion about how you wish to proceed with it.
KNOWING YOUR VALUES
You will find it hard to really know yourself until you have spent time thinking about what really matters to you.
When you reflect upon yourself, you might see things that you do or think that go against who you really wish to be.
Sometimes, until you really sit and think about something, you cannot decide where you stand on it.
This can cover all sorts of moral issues. Or it can simply help you figure out the guiding principles that you would ideally like to live by. Self-reflection is the means by which your moral compass can be formed and refined so that you are able to act true to it in all that you do. It can help you feel less lost in life and more empowered to create a future that reflects your core beliefs and thus, according to studies, live a happier life.
We make hundreds of choices every day, but most are insignificant and can be left to our unconscious mind.
But when it comes to the more important decisions in life, a little personal reflection is crucial.
It comes back to having clarity of thought and awareness of your true values and your authentic center.
With these two things, you can make decisions that put you on the most optimal path to well-being.
This means fewer regrets or missed opportunities and more peace of mind knowing that you have made right choices.
When you spend a little time each day looking back upon events and how you responded to them, it can bring closure to any unresolved feelings. This can help you to not only fall asleep quicker, but have a more restful nights’ sleep in general, better rest on your days off and more peace of mind in general. The only caveat to this is that you have to avoid allowing reflection to turn into rumination. Think about your day, but then turn the page and allow your mind to start afresh the next day, as long as it is up to you. There are different approaches and techniques to this, and therapy can function as a platform to find what best works for you. We can also do a comprehensive life assessment and discover which areas of your daily living (work / school / other productive activities, self-care, leisure time and rest) might need a closer look to create the balance you're after.
I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE
How Therapy for Personal Growth Can Help
One of the greatest mental competences that developed in therapy, is the art of self-reflection. Many times change involves transformation on emotional, social and mental processing levels. You may identify patterns of thinking that keep you from taking proper care of yourself or reaching your full potential. Therapy allows you the opportunity to move through life with insight and understanding in relation to yourself, others and the surrounding society.
By engaging in a process of personal growth, we are able to integrate the various parts of ourselves allowing us to live a more authentic life. Through increased self-awareness, emotional intelligence and sense of peace and balance, we are likely to continue to build on our strengths, and life becomes so much more than just coping. Many times the journey of personal growth also takes us way back to nurture our inner child that might have unmet needs and that can help you to liberate and self-heal. We can gain leverage from an array of techniques all the way from Socratic dialogue and mind-mapping to guided imagery, bodily work and sessions in nature or other places that are personally meaningful and healing to you if that's what you need right now.