One in four people will experience difficulties at some point in their lives which could be diagnosed as ‘mental health problems’ or “psychological disorder“.
Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed. Mental health problems are very common not personal weaknesses. Some "conditions" can be severe and long-lasting and have a big impact on people’s ability to get on with life.
People suffering with psychological disorder can find every day a profound struggle, left too long mental health problems can become worse.
Do you ever feel too overwhelmed to deal with your problems?
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Problems at home
You know what is good for you deep inside; some people just need a little help and assistance to connect with your own inner wisdom. Whether battling with depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship difficulties, loss or past trauma psychotherapy can assist you. Psychotherapy can help you make sense of the past and identify new ways forward.
Find a psychotherapist you can connect with, one that you think will be useful, a professional who is fully qualifies and will take the time to fully understand you, your situation/s how you feel. The right person at the right time will enable psychotherapy to help you live a happier, healthier and more productive life going forward.
Psychotherapy is different to coaching as it is usually a more in depth and can be a longer-term relationship. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between client and therapist. The work takes place, usually face to face, through conversation and provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and provides unconditional positive regard. You and your psychotherapist will work together to identify and address thought and behaviour patterns that are keeping you from being your best and help you learn new skills for dealing with challenges that may arise in the future.
Signs that could mean you will benefit from psychotherapy
Feeling an overwhelming prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.
Finding it difficult to concentrate on work or to carry out everyday activities.
Worrying excessively, expecting the worst or being constantly stressed.
Drinking too much alcohol or using drugs
Harming yourself or others.
Problems don't seem to get better despite your best efforts and help from others.
Discover your key to happiness and inner calm through one to one sessions in person, via zoom, skype, facetime,google hangout, internet link or though email.
Myths and Facts
Myth: Therapy is for people with serious mental health issues.
Fact: There’s no shame or guilt in wanting a better life and everyone has the capacity for well being. If you continue thinking they aren’t serious enough for therapy but know your thinking is creating problems chances are that the situation may become more serious for you and your life.
Myth: People who go to therapy are weak.
Fact: We all experience emotional and mental issues at times. This is what it is to be human. Having emotional or mental health concerns is often seen by some as a negative thing. Many people have issues and not addressing your own problems could be viewed as weak. Seeking help for your problems means you’re taking action and often requires more strength and courage than staying stuck, or in denial, not addressing your issues.
Myth: Therapists are all warm and fuzzy,
Fact: Most therapists are encouraging and empathic, and some therapy models emphasise this warmth of support more than others, but certainly not all therapy works this way. Some therapists challenge their clients thinking in order to raise awareness.
Myth: Therapists are only in it for the money.
Fact: If therapists were really in it for the money, they would’ve picked better careers. Therapists who thrive in this work have an inbuilt respect for humanity and aren’t primarily driven by the money
Myth: Therapy is common sense.
Fact: You often hear the argument that therapy is pointless because all therapists do is use common sense and knowledge. Common sense is wisdom that applies to everyone; however, therapy is individual and accesses wisdom and insight which is unique to you.
Myth: Therapy is unnecessary when you can just talk to good friends and family.
Fact: There’s a common belief in our culture that simply the support of a good friend can substitute for therapy. Social support is important for everyone, especially when you’re super stressed. Friends give love, support and wisdom that can be invaluable but therapy is very different from relationships with friends and family. Therapists are highly trained professionals who've spent years learning and practicing how to provide interventions and work with cognitive, emotional, behavioural and relational issues. Also, in therapy each session is private and confidential, you don’t have to worry about what you say, you can talk about things you may not dare to with colleagues, friends and family.
Myth: Therapy is too expensive.
Fact: Price prohibits many people from seeking therapy; our fees vary using a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors.
Myth: Therapists can help only if they've been through and experienced the same thing.
Fact: Everyone's experiences are unique; there’s a common belief that in order to truly help someone, you must have experienced and overcome the same struggles, if you haven’t been there, you won’t be able to understand. Some therapists will have a personal history of similar issues, however, experience, knowledge, professionalism, focus, empathy and deep listening will be far more beneficial to you.
Myth: Therapists choose this field to fix their own problems.
Fact: Most therapists have a personal reason for picking this as their profession whether it’s a good experience in their own recovery and therapy, a deep curiosity about human behaviour and people’s issues or a passion for helping those in need. Whatever the initial reason the goal of helping people have happier lives and assisting an end to suffering is most common. Most of us have spent a very long time exploring and resolving our own issues in order for us to be fully present and useful to our clients. If a therapist isn't able to make their client’s issues their top priority, they probably won’t succeed at being a succesful therapist.
In general, remember that every therapist is different. If you don’t feel comfortable with one practitioner, find another one. Shopping around is a smart way to find a good therapist that is perfect for you. Find someone you can experience a good connection with.
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