I called my psychotherapy practice Insightfulness in recognition of my own personal therapy journey.
A journey that has involved sadness, joy, frustration, hard work, curiosity and acceptance.
Insights can be those ‘eureka’ or ‘light bulb’ moments. That sense of knowing something, not just knowing it in your head but knowing it in your heart and soul. They can also be more subtle, a growth in wisdom or self-awareness often only recognised if someone, a counsellor perhaps, reflects them back to you.
Research shows that these moments in therapy are really useful in bringing about change. ‘Change’ is not necessarily only referring to behavioural changes but changes in self-awareness and our understanding of how we relate to others.
It was my research, as a psychotherapy student, that led me to be curious about insights, and led me to learn that there is an area of our brain, the right superior temporal gyrus, responsible for insightful moments, and it works when we are focused away from external stimulation such as noise and sight. Meditation training also helps us to notice where our attention is focused and can therefore help insightful moments arise.