We all know that talking about a problem can bring relief. Sometimes, simply sharing a problem can be all we need to fix it. Talking to a trained professional, someone who will refrain from judgment, can help you to find your own answers to problems.
You will be given a safe place to talk. You will be listened to without interruption. You will be encouraged to freely express yourself. It is an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who will respect and encourage your opinions and guide the decisions you make.
Talk Therapy is an effective method of understanding and dealing with situations that are the cause of emotional distress.
Talk Therapy can be of benefit to most people, including those who are feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives, as well as those coping with a mental health problem.
Different types of talk therapy include: humanist therapy, group counselling, motivational counselling, psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioural therapy.
The type you need will depend on your character and personality as well as your current emotional needs.
Talk therapy is the generic name given to a number of different kinds of psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and humanist therapy. Although modern scientific psychology is dated at 1879, with the opening of the first psychological clinic by Wilhelm Wundt, attempts to create methods for assessing and treating mental distress existed long beforehand.
The earliest recorded approaches were a combination of religious, magical and/or medical perspectives. Early examples of such psychological thinkers, include Patañjali, Padmasambhava, Rhazes, Avicenna and Rumi.
It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century, however, that the first scientifically clinical application of psychology began with the practice of psychoanalysis, the ‘talking cure’, developed by Sigmund Freud. Soon afterwards, theorists such as Alfred Adler and Carl Jung began to introduce new conceptions about psychological functioning and change. These and many other theorists helped to develop the general orientation now called ‘psychodynamic therapy’, which includes the various therapies based on Freud’s essential principle of making the unconscious conscious.
Today, talk therapy is widely distributed throughout the western world and easy to access. It can be obtained from your local surgery, from your church, via a private consultant and through specialised support networks. It cal also be found online. Depending on the type you require, and the duration you require, it will either be easier or harder to procure.
If you’re going through a sad and upsetting time, talk therapy can help you deal with it. For example, this could be after a relative or a friend has died, after finding out that you have cancer, if you are struggling with infertility, or if you’ve lost your partner or your job.
Talk Therapy is very versatile and can help with most mental illnesses and emotional difficulties, including:
Past and Present Abuse
Generalised and Social Anxiety Disorder
Transition and Change
And many others….
Talk Therapy focuses on problem solving and is goal-oriented. At the onset of treatment, you and your therapist will decide upon which specific changes you would like to make in your life and identify your long term goals.
These goals will then be broken down into smaller, attainable objectives and put into a formal treatment plan.
You will then work with your therapist to achieve those goals. This is done simply through talking and discussing the possible techniques you can employ to help you to better navigate areas of difficulty within your life.
You will learn about your disorder and/or difficulty and acquire additional coping mechanisms in order to deal with them.
Describing what’s going on in your head and how that makes you feel can help you to notice any patterns which it may be helpful to change. It can help you work out where your negative feelings and ideas come from and why they are there. Understanding all this can help you make positive changes and take greater control of your life by thinking or acting differently.
Talk therapy gives people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Talking is an important part of our relationships. It can strengthen our ties with other people and help us to stay in good mental health. Being listened to helps us to realise that other people care about us and about what we have to say and helps us to process and come to terms with the multiple experiences and events in our lives.
It is my belief that there is a great deal of comfort to be found in therapy and I consider a session a week to be one of the best gifts a person can ever give to themselves. Just as eating an apple a day is purported to keep your body healthy. A session a week is proven to go a long way towards keeping your mind in an optimum state.
N.B: For your own safety, it is suggested that you consult an experienced practitioner before attempting to confront any serious issues on your own.
If you would like any further information about the process outlined above, please contact me with your questions.
Additionally, if you would like to enquire about booking a session with me, please fill in the short form available from the booking enquiry page and email it along with your request. I will endeavour to reply to all enquiries in person at the first opportunity available.
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