In psychological therapy, whether it be analytical, client centred, behavioural or cognitive, patients often grapple with painful events from the past which somehow they have never been able to accommodate, understand and absorb.
Therapies vary in their approach but each in its own way assists individuals to understand, deal with, come to terms with or sort out painful memories. Emotional processing is concerned with the way in which the person processes, absorbs or assimilates the hurts so that they no longer have power over their life.
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“Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow
Raze out the written troubles of the brain
And with some sweet oblivious antidote
Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart?”