Many of you know that one of the modalities I use as a psychotherapist is active imagination, which is a Jungian practice that explores the inner self through dialogue with parts of ourselves that we have shut off or cast away with the goal of reintegration.
Trippy as it is, there is some promising research suggesting that a related modality, Internal Family Systems (IFS), may show significant promise in the treatment of anxiety and depression-related difficulties. This research comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a government agency.
Cognitive therapy, which focuses on changing one’s thoughts in order to change one’s feelings, while heavily researched and shown to be helpful for most, is limited when faced with a client who says, “Look, I KNOW that this is illogical, but this is what I FEEL.” IFS, active imagination, and Gendlin’s Focusing technique are excellent ways of entering into a life-changing dialogue with these feelings that leads towards resolution and finding these troublesome feelings are actually allies.
You can ask your therapist if he/she practices anything like this. It is simply amazing to see the insights gathered by people who practice these techniques on a regular basis.
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