“Going To Therapy For The First Time? Here’s What To Expect.

Below is a recent promotional video the IACP  made at a recent conference explaining to prospective clients what they might expect from their first session of counselling/psychotherapy.

“Going To Therapy For The First Time? Here’s What To Expect.

“Perhaps you’re struggling with anxiety or depression. Or maybe you’re unhappy in your job, and need some guidance in figuring out what career will really make you happy. Or, it could be that you’re having relationship difficulties or simply not feeling fulfilled but you are not entirely sure what makes you feel this way… 

If any of the above situations applies to your life, counselling/ psychotherapy could be helpful.   So what is stopping you?

Some clients say it was fear of the unknown keeping them from seeing a counsellor  because they just didn’t know what to expect…

So what happens during the first session. Here is what some experienced therapists have to say.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=NJEh-8J3fz8

 

 

How is your therapist doing?

Many clients (and people in general) become curious about the therapists they are talking to especially as the therapeutic relationship builds.  Indeed sometimes a client may bump into their therapist outside the therapy room, out shopping, with their family etc.

All sorts of questions seem to emerge – has my therapist children?  what issues have they experienced themselves?  What brought them to this vocation? How much money are they making from this?

While in many modalities  limited self disclosure does occur within the therapeutic relationship the process is obviously not focused on the therapist.

This article explores the issue from the perspective of a practitioner in private practice in Ireland and highlights issues many therapists will relate to.  Might have some answers for those curious too!

 

Relationship/Marriage Counselling

A number of recent enquiries to Talk Therapy Dublin have related to couples or relationship counselling.  Clients often report mixed experiences attending these sessions and sometimes are quite seriously distressed as a result of them.

It is important to check your therapist has experience and specific qualifications in this area (don’t be afraid to ask) as it is different to one to one work.  It is also useful to read up and explore how the process works.  Some clients attend purely for the other person, this can be a factor in negative experiences.

The below articles one from Ireland the other from the UK describes some of these experiences

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/she-wanted-out-i-didn-t-couples-who-go-to-counselling-1.3229240

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/mar/08/relationship-therapy

 

Mental Health, Insomnia & Sleep

Tuck Sleep have a primary mission of promoting awareness of sleep health and as part of that, they have researched the connection between sleep and mental health and summarized  findings in patient-friendly online guides.

Their section on mental illness &  sleep is available here:

Sleep is a key pillar of living a healthy  life.  This article has information on the science behind sleep, including what happens to your body while sleeping, why you need it, different types of sleep and how much sleep you need.

 

It also delves into the circadian system, external factors that affect it and disorders caused by disruptions to it.

Abortion, Choice & Mental Health

With a Yes vote now a reality for Ireland in terms of repealing the 8th amendment it is now important to reconsider how we support women no matter what choice they make when facing a decision around their pregnancy.

There are a multitude of studies which have provided results that look at both sides of the debate but what strikes me as most concrete is that it is a big life decision which carries a mental health risk for some women no matter what the choice.

My experience working with women who have made difficult choices around their pregnancy is that even when it seems clear cut it is often not a simple “yes” or “no” answer especially when explored on a more emotional level.

Talk Therapy Dublin aspires to help any client wishing to process a difficult life decision and views the process of counselling/psychotherapy as a useful resource that can help clients move forward with their lives after experiencing distress. .

Below are three links from the USA & UK that look as the topic of mental health & abortion.

http://time.com/4599806/abortion-doesnt-negatively-affect-womens-mental-health-study/

https://www.nhs.uk/news/pregnancy-and-child/abortion-and-mental-health/