What is emotional therapy?
Emotion therapy is a type of therapy focused and centered on emotions. In this sense, the work is focused on emotionally processing situations, through the observation of emotion as an adaptive reaction that makes survival and reaction to the environment possible.
It is a type of therapy that is applied mainly to people who have relational problems such as the following:
- Family conflicts
- Couple problems
- Eating disorders
- Socialization problems
- Post-traumatic stress disorders (sexual abuse, gender violence, school bullying).
Why is it performed?
Emotional therapy is performed because it has a number of advantages or benefits in the emotional state of people, especially in those who have relational problems. However, it is applicable to many other problems. Among the most outstanding benefits are the following:
- Improved mood: emotional therapy improves mood, because it allows the person to face the problems that generate discomfort. In addition, it allows to speak with confidence and freedom, releasing negative emotions about one’s experiences and feelings.
- It offers tools to deal with conflicts or problems that may arise: in emotional therapy sessions, new tools and guidelines are offered to solve problems, something that can also help to visualize conflicts in a different way so that they have less impact on the person.
- It is a learning process to live in harmony: therapy is an exercise of introspection that allows a better knowledge of oneself, something that is also essential for relationships with others.
What does it consist of?
Emotional therapy aims to change people’s emotional schemas, focusing on the way of capturing, processing and expressing one’s emotions. In this sense, to carry out this type of therapy a series of phases are followed.
The first phase consists of becoming aware in order to identify one’s own emotions. Then, the emotion is confronted through awareness and expression of the emotion, usually negative.
From this exercise, one begins to regulate the emotion, a fact that does not imply to repress it or not to feel it, but to adapt it to each situation, giving sense to the experience.
Preparation for emotional therapy
The preparation for the emotional therapy consists fundamentally in becoming aware of one’s own emotions with the objective of making a change in the emotional schemes. This awareness consists of identifying and naming one’s emotions.
Care after the intervention
After the therapy sessions, it is important to continue applying the guidelines learned during the sessions in order to be able to manage all the emotions that appear.
Alternatives to this treatment (other more advanced treatments)
As alternatives to this treatment are all types of therapy that focus on treating the emotional and relational problems of the person.