Is the only reason for going to therapy to be taught to do things differently?

Those are often an important starting point. For example, not eating properly males someone more likely to dissociate, more tired, and more vulnerable to negative emotions. You need to address the real basics to have a stable base to go deeper, so to speak. There's no point addressing deep seated childhood results of an emotional pattern if you feel so terrible because you haven't eaten anything that day and not slept the night before. Often those who have experienced abuse in childhood struggle to be aware of their internal states that address these basics. They're all important parts of self-care.

Discuss this with your therapist if you feel you are ready to move into a different kind of work. Either they can suggest a different approach or a different therapist.

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