Time Perspective Therapy in a Nutshell
When our time perspectives are skewed, usually in the negative, not only are we affected, but the people we come in contact with - families, friends, co-workers, even an innocent store clerk - can be affected as well. Time Perspective Therapy helps people see patterns that they may have adopted as coping mechanisms for living with stress, anxiety, depression, or day to day struggles and worries. It shows them how to help themselves while they help their loved ones.
Time Perspective Therapy takes into consideration not only a person’s past and present, but also their future. Many approaches to therapy, including self-help, focus on a person’s history and how past events affect their thought processes. Through our practice we’ve found that constantly reliving past traumas or adverse experiences can have extremely negative effects on a person—we call it “being stuck in the quicksand of the past.” A person may be stuck between a traumatic past experience (what we call “past negatives”) and their hopeless present (what we call “present fatalism”). If they do think about the future, it’s usually negative. In TPT we focus on balancing a person’s past negatives with positive memories of the past; their present fatalism with some present hedonistic enjoyment; and we make plans for a bright, positive future.