WHAT ARE THE EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION AND COUNSELLING IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Many counsellors see expression of emotion as an important part of the
client’s therapy. The most beneficial area is the role of emotional expression
in overcoming traumatic experiences. Research has shown that suppression of memories
that arouse strong emotions can have a ‘boomerang’ effect – the suppressed
thoughts enter consciousness with an even greater force. It has been shown that
trauma victims who disclose their painful memories, although initially distraught,
are significantly happier and healthier, several weeks afterwards. Disclosure may take several forms and even
writing down an account of events has been shown to be beneficial, providing
the account includes a reference to emotions.
However, in some cases it may not be beneficial for the client to express
negative feelings. Expression of intense anger and rage may stimulate even more
angry feelings, rather than dispel them. The counsellor should carefully assess
each client and their situation when working with…
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