At The Center for Psychotherapy and Resiliency, we strongly believe in this idea of equipping individuals with the tools necessary to be more resilient now and in their future.
What is Resiliency? Resiliency is not eliminating risks and stress, but allowing the individual to deal with it effectively. According to the American Psychiatric Association it is the ability to adapt over time to challenging situations and stressful conditions. People will measure life experiences differently; each person has their own concept of trauma and hardship. It will differ greatly depending on the individual. How individuals cope with the pain, sadness, and emotional distress is exhibited through behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. These feelings, thoughts, and behaviors are what form resiliency. The ability to be resilient often derives from strong caring and supportive relationships and support systems. Relationships that create love and trust, provide role models and offer encouragement/reassurance help reinforce a person’s resilience. Factors that include resiliency are:
The ability to make reailistic goals, and strive to meet them
A general positive outlook, with confidence/strength in one's abilities
Ability to communicate efficiently with others and problem solve
Capability to work through strong feelings and manage impulses
In order to foster resilience, it is important to nurture one’s self. As life events become challenges, it is important to acknowledge personal needs and feelings. It is vital to address feelings while keeping perspective on the broader context of the issue. Having space to heal while being mindful that a problem does not mean it is insurmountable can allow for slow or subtle progress in thoughts, feelings, or behavior that will ultimately allow one to overpower their negative experience.