Therapists engage with clients in a process, evidence based from repeated research to help those in a state of emotional distress.
There are countless possible reasons that lead to people presenting or being referred for therapy. Often it can be multiple issues that are of concern.
Some of these could be
- Coping with bereavement & loss
- Dealing with major life changes (loss of a job, homelessness, divorce)
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety issues
- Anger management
- Addictive behavior
- Self harm
- Culturally Sensitive Issues/Minority Stress
- Relationship problems
- Work related stress (workplace bullying)
- Post or perinatal depression or anxiety
- Employment/Career difficulties
- Sexual Issues
- Low self esteem
- The Menopause
- Trauma recovery
- Identity issues
- Sexuality issues
- Stress management
- Suicidal Ideation
There are also therapists available who have specific training in the areas of
- Relationship/couples counselling
- Therapy for children/adolescents
- Family Therapy
- Addiction Counselling
There are numerous approaches to psychotherapy and it can be useful for clients to explore the various options prior to starting therapy.
Psychiatrist and medical director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services Professor Jim Lucey’s article in in Irish Times may help explain modern talking therapies.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a topical example and is an example of one of the evidence based therapeutic approaches.
Often clients consider therapy alongside or as an alternative to medication being prescribed.
Different therapists bring their own individuality as well as specific models of training to the therapeutic relationship which can be an important consideration for clients looking for a therapist they feel comfortable working with.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the crucial element for effective therapy is a strong relationship between client and therapist.
Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist. It provides a structured, supportive and confidential space to talk openly with someone who’s qualified, objective, neutral and non-judgmental.
Modern research by professor Mick Cooper indicated that 79% of clients with similar presenting issues who received psychotherapeutic treatment showed improvement versus those who did not (control group).
The below video might help explain further