January is a time for reflection on the year past and for looking forward to planning the year ahead. The month derives its name from the Roman deity Janus, who was depicted as having two faces - on which looked back to the old year and one which was looking ahead to the new!
Of course, it can be a good thing to reflect on the past - what we learned there is, after all, what brought us to where we are today. If you want to be in a different place than you are today, however, a forward looking aspect is much more appropriate. After all, you can drive a car perfectly well by looking only in the rear view mirror - provided the road ahead is exactly the same as the road behind! But the mirror is essential to check for anything behind you which may have the potential to overtake you and become a problem in the future.
That is what therapy for. Putting things from the past where they belong. Behind you. Permanently. But it is even more important to have a destination in mind - unless you are happy to just drift along aimlessly through life. And isn't that why we make New Year resolutions any way? To have a purpose, a direction, a goal? To be fulfilled and happy?
As a therapist I can help you to leave the past behind and as a coach I can show you how to program your goals and resolutions into the SatNav of your mind so that as you drive forward you find those resolutions are easy to focus on and easy and enjoyable to keep.
Now, isn't that something to look forward to?
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