How Can Therapy Help You Overcome Negative Thoughts

By Lee Horton, Ph.D | | Categories: Counseling , Counselor , Marriage Counseling , Relationship Counseling , Stress Management , Therapist , Work Stress Management

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You may have had bad days in the past (or are experiencing them right now) where stress, negativity, or your biggest fears may have got the best of you. It’s perfectly natural to experience these feelings. However, when negative thoughts and anxious feelings keep you from meeting your true potential or achieving happiness, you may experience bouts of depression and anxiety. This can distract you from working towards a life that’s genuinely fulfilling by draining you of your energy and drive.

Luckily, there are dedicated practices that can help you replace your pessimism with positive thinking patterns. These practices are designed to help lift your mood and bring about a massive difference in your day-to-day happiness and comfort. To help you understand how these practices stop your mind from heading down the path to despair, Dr. Lee Horton, a leading counseling psychologist in Memphis, has explained three common psychological problems most people face today.

1. Do you feel sad and discouraged, believe that your future is bleak, and are you flooded with negative thoughts?
If you notice you’re heading down this road, try to stay calm and seek the assistance of an experienced therapist. A professional can help you assess your pattern of thinking and enable you to change this pattern of thoughts into ones that are encouraging and fulfilling. Like we change our behavior, we can also change our thoughts. For example, through minute adjustments to your thoughts, pessimism can be altered to realistic optimism to help you see a future full of possibility.

2. Are you critical of yourself and expect perfection?
Therapy can help you to become more self-accepting. Self-acceptance means that you continue to try to perform well, but you assess your performance realistically and accept that you do not always need to be correct, successful, or complete in all you do.

3. Are your fears holding you back from enjoying life to its fullest?
Everyone has their fears, some may seek to overcome them while others take comfort in avoiding their fears. However, if by doing the latter, you are restricted from living life to the fullest, you may long to be courageous and confront your fears. A therapist can help you learn to accept the discomfort that comes with facing your fears while celebrating the victories that come with overcoming them.

If you or your loved one are struggling with internal negativity and are looking for a counseling psychologist in Memphis, TN, reach out to counseling specialist, Lee Horton, Ph.D. As an expert in human psychology, my goal is to help people find the source of their stress and offer them solutions to improve their mental health. For over twenty-five years, I have been developing relations with individuals while helping them find their way to more fulfilling lives, and I am confident that I can do the same for you.

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