No Two Therapy Breakthroughs Look Alike
Your individual stories, personal moments and past family and romantic relationships will determine how and when your breakthroughs occur. They can also drastically affect how intensely a patient experiences a breakthrough moment.
For example, if you were recently diagnosed with a mental health disorder rooted in childhood trauma, you could experience a breakthrough that shakes your foundations to the core, resulting in a flurry of distressing emotions. If you’re experiencing this in therapy, it can be easier to deal with as you can rely on the support of your therapist to help you work through the difficult feelings.
Each client’s process will vary depending on factors such as the presence of anger, strained family relationships and other personal and behavioral aspects that cause a person to react one way or another. The help of a skilled, understanding therapist can help you identify your core strengths and the weaknesses that need to be overcome to reach a breakthrough.
What Are Therapy Breakthroughs Built On?
Breakthroughs are based on trust in your therapist that lets you feel you can tell them anything in that safe environment you are in. You can lower your shields to open up to your therapist about things you’d never tell anyone else, because you know they’ll understand. A therapist’s office should feel like a judgment-free haven where you can talk about anything without experiencing a negative reaction.
In this type of supportive environment, with a guiding counselor who can hold your hand as you navigate stressful emotions, you can feel free to explore any difficulty you face in therapy. Addiction therapists are also able to provide an alternate perspective, allowing you to rethink the way you previously felt about a situation.
What Should Breakthroughs Feel Like in the Therapeutic Process?
Breakthroughs are based on the interaction you had with your therapist. They can mean you’ve reviewed your past with your therapist and found a new lease on life. You may not even notice you’ve had a breakthrough until your positive acts evoke positive changes. Experiencing a breakthrough confirms you’re on the cusp of changing your life for the better. You’ll never be the same person after experiencing therapy breakthroughs.
Suppose your breakthrough is one of the aha! moment types, you might experience a visceral response from your body. This is an indication that your nervous system has been altered with hormones released during stressful situations, such as recalling a traumatic event.
Your therapist will be able to help you relax after such an experience, leading you through mindfulness exercises designed to keep you present and focused on the process and helping you manage your overall wellness.
Are You Ready for Breakthrough Moments With Mental Health?
Located in Georgetown, Texas, the facilities at Alta Loma provides transformational services to those in early recovery from psychiatric and substance use disorders. At Alta Loma, we believe addiction is born from untreated mental illness, and our team is dedicated to helping you unpack the processes that contribute to your addictive behaviors.
Our programs offer supportive housing, medication management education, individualized treatment, life skills education, 12-step support and more tools to help patients find the confidence they need to live an independent life. For more information, please call us at 866-457-3843.