To stop fighting a battle you can not win is intelligent. There is no escape from some suffering in this life. You will experience aging, sickness, and death. You will watch some people you love die.
You will have your heart broken a few times. Someone or something will betray and violate you. Why walk around deeply believing that “this won’t happen to me” only to feel blind-sided, victimized, and enraged when it does? Better to conserve your resources, create awareness of reality as it is, and cultivate the positive mental qualities that will actually produce happiness and flourishing in your day to day life. At this point, psychology Denver has become established.
In stage three, the client now has everything required to safely, skillfully, and effectively unpack all the twisted conflicts, unhealthy childhood lessons, abuses, traumas, addictions, losses, resentments, depressions, “closed-heartedness,” and compulsions that have caused so much mental anguish and thus tainted his or her entire life. Now the client begins to learn how to profoundly work with her mind (all her afflicted thoughts, emotions, judgments, opinions, beliefs, perceptions, memories, fantasies, etc). Now her unhealthy habits, thoughts, and feelings can be transformed into ever deepening mental awareness, clarity, insight, meaning, and genuine happiness. In essence, now her experience of suffering becomes the cause of an ever deepening psychological freedom. Such a freedom naturally develops the wisdom that begins to transcend living in the past and the future, it transcends worrying and stress, it transcends living for mundane pleasure and avoiding anything painful or unpleasant. In fact, such wisdom transcends mundane concerns altogether, such that the client now begins to live beyond the concepts of life and death themselves.
Learning to effectively and consistently interrupt our afflictive cycles and transform them into positive and healthy cycles marks the usual completion of AMI’s therapy process. At this point, awareness, clarity and insight are well developed enough that the client is capable of being their own therapist (at least most of the time).
Many laymen believe that psychological intervention means long term psychotherapy – but this is not necessarily so. According to Dr. Parker Wilson, a counseling psychologist, long term psychotherapy is sometimes required, but often short term psychotherapy can create the desired effect. It simply depends on the client and his or her presenting problems. Additionally, most believe that therapy is an individual process only, but most often couples counseling and family therapy are periodically used to enhance and deepen the individual process. Because these concurrent treatments can become so complex (especially around family therapy), these interventions should be administered by a psychologist in Denver.
To deeply realize (and become comfortable with) the fact that there is no permanent and abiding sense of happiness and satisfaction outside of you; to become “OK” with the fact that you are not that “OK,” to deeply see how you actively pour fuel onto already raging and unhealthy emotional fires; to stop being so averse and reactive to your own sense of aversion and pain; to deeply realize that you are the author of much of your own psychological suffering; to gain psychological authenticity and to learn to become more still, stable, and clear; to learn how to work with your thoughts and your emotions; to learn to transform your negative habits into the cause of happiness and flourishing – this is the point of AMI’s mindfulness based cognitive psychotherapy.