Choosing a Psychotherapist
It’s an understatement to say there are many different forms of therapy. You don’t need to know about them all, but what you do need is a sense of what will work for you in a therapeutic environment and essentially in a therapeutic relationship.
The statistics tell us that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues at some point in our life but many believe that the issue is actually much bigger.
Losing a loved one, loss of employment, workplace stress, illness, trauma, ageing, these are just some of the circumstances that can spark mental health difficulties and these are part of life.
It makes sense to invest in ourselves, to develop our self-awareness and proactively learn coping skills now that can serve us well in the future.
Most people learn this after their first positive experience of therapy, where they felt supported and heard. Others found their therapist too passive, sitting back and saying too little. Some like a therapist with a very “hands on” problem solving approach.
IAHIP accredited psychotherapists come from trainings whose foundations are in person centred therapy which allows the client to work at their own pace and to speak freely, with limited use of any therapeutic techniques.
The psychodynamic approach works well in looking at older issues that may have their origin in early developmental years while the person was growing up.
The use of mindfulness practice in therapy is increasingly popular. In this the therapist helps the client become more aware but less absorbed by their internal experience. In a lot of cases we can feel carried away by our thoughts and feelings – they have control over us, versus us having a sense of being able to direct them. Mindfulness practice develops our ability to observe our thoughts and feelings without becoming consumed and overwhelmed by them.
Considering the complexity of the human being it is reasonable to say that one size will not fit all – hence the birth of the integrative form of therapy and counselling. This increasingly popular approach aims to integrate various elements from different approaches in working with one particular person.