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Logotherapy I started working with mothers and about motherhood through my logotherapy education. I researched logopedagogy, applied logotherapy while working at school and in my own motherhood and working with other mothers. I decided to dedicate myself to helping mothers, because there is a lot of need, and most of the education is focused on education instead of strengthening the educators themselves. And that’s how LogoMAMA’s Instagram and Facebook page was born.
Given that I am a logotherapist and I try to apply logotherapy in my life as well as in my therapeutic work, I somehow wanted to show this in the name. I started the site LogoMAMA because it seems to me that there is a lack of a site for moms that will focus on the mother’s own growth and support through difficulties. In the workshops that have already been held, the support of other mothers proved to be something that we all need, in addition to the fact that we all struggle with ourselves and our reactions. We are torn between ourselves, children, husband, extended family, environment, “old” life… And there we should try to find ourselves or not forget ourselves. And education will then fall into place. As they say: happy mom, happy family.
What is logotherapy?
To begin with, a little about logotherapy itself. This is the direction of psychotherapy designed by Viktor Emil Frankl (1905-1997) – Viennese psychiatrist and neurologist, founder of logotherapy and existential analysis. In expert circles, logotherapy and existential analysis is known as the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy. He communicated and worked closely with the founders of the first two Viennese schools of psychotherapy: Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. He was also a university professor and worked logotherapy with students, which allowed him to enter the world of existential vacuum. He wrote a doctorate in medicine and philosophy, and was awarded 29 honorary doctorates – he gave up the thirtieth and dedicated it to his wife. He hiked in his spare time and passed his pilot’s test. He wrote 40 books. He is a very interesting man, so I recommend his biography as reading material if you want to know more about him.
People often confuse it with speech therapy, which deals with pronunciation, especially if they have not heard of speech therapy before. Logotherapy and speech therapy share a common part of the name that comes from the Greek word logos. Logos of Gr. λόγος — mind, word, speech, sense, principle, law, science, etc. It is a multi-meaning philosophical and theological term: logos in logotherapy is a sense, and in speech therapy a word. Logotherapy is about treatment with meaning, while speech therapy is about teaching words.
So, in literal translation, logotherapy would be “treatment with meaning”. And how is it treated with meaning? So that in all situations he is sought and thus changes the view of those situations. We respond to them, instead of putting ourselves in the role of victim.
Why work with mothers?
Mothers are the pillar of the family. They carry a lot on their backs and take on loads that are not just theirs. The environment often does not understand how they are doing, and often neither do their friends if they are not in a similar situation. And so sometimes they deal with everyday life and struggle with situations by themselves. Sometimes they think they are alone in life’s struggles or the only ones with it
the guilt they carry. Through my work at the school, I saw that often children who have problems carry some weight from their homes, they have parents who do not manage in their role. And it is difficult to help them, if something does not change at home. That’s why I start with mothers, not children or upbringing. Mothers are usually the family member who is most ready to work on themselves and is open to some changes when they notice that something is not right in their family.
How can logotherapy help mothers?
First, we can take our share of responsibility and let others take theirs. Learn to allow yourself to make mistakes. Use your free space and thus respond to the challenges that life poses to us. To face our fears, so that we don’t live life just avoiding them. Find your meaning and be guided by it when making decisions and setting boundaries.
And all this in addition to working in a group with other mothers is very useful. Especially when you hear that you are not alone in these struggles. When you feel supported in your situations. When you hear that others have gone through the same thing and now it’s easier for them. When you hear that others are falling, and in the end everything was good. But it’s not just the struggles we have, sometimes mothers just need a break from the situation. A break that recharges our batteries. Time for themselves that allows them to return home more fulfilled and happier. It’s hard to do sometimes, but it’s so necessary. Let’s support each other in this!