A Holistic Approach to Therapy
A holistic approach means that you consider the person as a whole; body, mind and spirit. If one aspect of ourselves is under stress it impacts the functioning of everything else.
Stress impacts the way we function and our ability to live a fulfilled life. Therapy creates a safe environment to explore your thoughts and feelings. It is through this exploration that we become self aware and this enables personal growth.
The therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is important as it's through this alliance that enables the client to facilitate change. When selecting a Counsellor/Psychotherapist it is important to feel safe and comfortable with your chosen therapist.
The idea of starting therapy can be really scary and initially the experience might feel like a roller coaster. This is not a bad thing as usually this means the therapy is working but remember this takes times. Sometimes you need to feel worse before you start to feel better. The therapeutic process can be the most rewarding and life changing experience.
There appears to be a lot of confusion about the difference between a Counsellor and Psychotherapist so, I thought I would take this opportunity to clarify this. A Counsellor is usually someone that is newly qualified and tends to work with clients for short-term time limited sessions for example 6 - 12 sessions.
A Psychotherapist tends to work on a longer term basis and usually has more experience. I think people tend to feel intimidated by the name Psychotherapist however, this is nothing to worry about but rather an indication of the level of experience of your chosen therapist.
Everyone at some point in their lives will suffer with some form of mental health issue whether depression and/or anxiety or a response to a tragic life event. The hardest step is asking for help but you don't have to suffer alone. Take the first step and reach out for help. Remember, your illness does not define you as a person, it just means you are having a tough time. Everyone struggles at some point.
It is good news mental health is being spoken about and people are encouraged to talk. Thank goodness the taboo around mental health is shifting. More men are seeking help although clearly, there is still some work to do in encouraging men to get help. There is always hope for change.
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson