In my 20 years of experience working with clients, I’ve found many are held back by negative feelings such as anger, worry, fear and sadness. They want to dwell on their feelings rather than take action to move forward. They feel stuck but don’t realize that focusing on feelings is not a substitute for action.
David K. Reynolds, a brilliant psychologist, was dissatisfied with the way many therapists focused on the feelings their patients brought to their sessions. He founded Constructive Living, an educational program in which he drew from two Japanese psychotherapies: Morita therapy – the way of action, and Naikan Therapy – the way of reflection.
For our purposes here, I will focus on Morita Therapy. Shoma Morita, M.D., developed a purpose-focused, case-based therapy which involved his patients’ full acceptance of their feelings just as they appeared and then took action to do what needed to be done. His process produced successful results.
Reynolds adapted Morita and Naikan therapies for Americans. He did not believe in therapy per se, but stressed that Constructive Living was an educational process to help individuals break through the blocks and barriers posed by their emotions.
If you feel stuck and blocked by your emotions, please contact me and set up an appointment. I think you will be glad you did.