In Therapy: Why you might feel worse before you feel better

As long ago as 1923 when Sigmund Freud was busy inventing psychotherapy, he recognised a phenomenon he dubbed the ‘negative therapeutic reaction’. That for some people ‘Every partial solution that ought to result, and in other people does result, in an improvement or temporary suspension of symptoms produces in them for the time being an exacerbation of their illness; they get worse during the treatment instead of getting better'.

He had hit upon one of the reasons clients can feel worse as therapy goes on. In this case a self-sabotaging resistance to change, largely unconscious, whereby the client experiencesinternal conflict where one part of him or her wants to change, hence coming to sessions, and another part, the unwell part, is frightened of change and resisting it with all its might.  

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