© 2012 by Jo Horsfall.

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Psychotherapy/Counselling               "He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Carl Jung 

Emotional Pain can feel like a knotted ball of string within... 

 

​...Fortunately, if, with support,  you take the time to unravel the Ball and make sense of the Knots - inner peace can quickly be restored!

Talk Therapy has been proven to help in overcoming various forms of Emotional Overwhelm.  Whilst many people know the wisdom of 'getting it off their chest' to feel better, others find it more difficult, perhaps, for example, fearing emotional 'meltdown'.  However, despite the common misconception that in order to be strong you have to have your emotions 'in check', it has been scientifically proven that crying has a physiological purpose, as stress hormones have been identified when tears have been analysed.  Dr Judith Orloff, writing for Psychology Today states - "Dr. William Frey at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis discovered that reflex tears are 98% water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and “feel-good” hormones.” 

These findings offer evidence as to why we can feel so much better after a 'good' cry, any feelings of embarrassment are most likely to have been created by former conditioning, by those who, themselves fear revealing or having to deal with others' emotion.
The reality is that closing off emotional responses can also put a strangle-hold on your vital energy, blocking out positive emotions, like Happiness, Love and Joy... often resulting in an inner sense of emptiness.
If, on the other hand, you have an awareness of your emotional responses, they can highlight to you when something in your life is not as it should be; whether involving a current work of relationship situations etc., or past trauma that is emotionally 'hi-jacking' your current experience of life.
Fear of what may be found 'hiding' beneath unchecked emotions can be a very real and potent force in deterring individuals from releasing their tight grip on them, which would otherwise allow  an exploration of such emotions.  However, the paradox in this, is that we are all more fearful of the unknown than that which we know and understand, so to shed light on painful emotions can actually set you free from your 'Dark Night of the Soul.'  
For example, long-held 'dark secrets' can produce all manner of emotional knots, long after the incident, such as fear of judgement, guilt, self-loathing etc., which can all stifle positive emotions and when these fears are sensitively allowed to rise to the surface and are understood in context, and released within a safe, confidential environment, it is my experience that clients often feel a sense of acceptance/resolution, they had previously never felt possible.  
Additionally, clients are often fearful of delving into the depths of explosive emotions such as Anger, for fear of what may lie beneath... However, when they are supported to understand and  feel into their Anger and the patterns it may highlight, they often find that Hurt or Fear is the underlying emotion driving their pain.  When assisted to resolve the Hurt/Fear... the anger falls away!  Bringing a welcome sense of relief.

Psychotherapy/Counselling is effective in helping you to unravel and sensitively explore your own personal 'ball' of difficult emotions; understanding your responses and any recurring patterns, so that you can resolve 'hidden' meanings or 'Knots' and reframe what this all means to you using cutting-edge psychotherapeutic techniques,  in a calm, safe and confidential environment.  A journey which leads to your improved emotional well-being and freedom, creating a calmer, smoother life path.

As a therapist trained in numerous forms of Psychotherapy, Jo uses an Holistic, Integrative Approach, to individually tailor an effective course of therapy to assist you in overcoming any form of emotional overwhelm that you may be experiencing.

Please call Jo on 01255 863120, for further details or to book an initial consultation.