Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a psychosocial intervention that concentrates on improving mental health. Hand in hand with a cognitive psychology approach, CBT opens the eyes of an individual to inaccurate, irrational, or negative thought patterns—helping people respond to real-life situations in healthier and more effective ways. There are many types of CBT; all it takes is to find the right fit for your needs.
We all know what stress feels like, regardless of how minor or major the stressor was. How we respond to those stressors, though, is what matters. Some can experience an external event and process their stress response effectively. Others may not have the same mechanism in place, which is where what was an acute stress reaction could develop into something deeper.
Healthy human development requires physical and emotional care, and if these needs are unmet, the result can lead to feelings of abandonment.
The psychology of abandonment stems from experiences or perceived experiences of ongoing loss during the childhood years. Growing up without feeling protected physically or emotionally can create intense fear that is often internalized, leading to feelings of shame. This may lead to children who grow up more inclined to feel “unimportant”, less valued (regardless of positive feedback to suggest the opposite is true), and more inclined to be reactive to what they perceive as threatening both personally and professionally. Fears of abandonment rooted in childhood experience do impact future relationships, including intimate, social, and professional.
Embarking on your path toward clarity and balance with counseling can be overwhelming. What can you expect? What is counseling psychology and how does it work for your specific situation? We’ll explore this and more in this blog.
What is Counseling Psychology?
A counseling psychologist helps people with mental health issues by improving their sense of well-being, alleviating feelings of distress, and resolving crises. Counseling psychology is considered to be a specialty within professional psychology that focuses on personal and interpersonal functioning.