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!
Many clients present for counselling because of “stress” and its associated links to anxiety, depression and relationship problems.
November 1st was National Stress Awareness Day and this article from the BBC tries to break down simply what stress is.
Adrenaline is a hormone many people are familiar with but cortisol is often less in the public awareness.
This week saw the publication of the Thriving at Work Report in the United Kingdom.
The report reveals the extent of the human cost of poor mental health at work and the impacts on society, the economy and the government.
It also provides a set of six core standards for employers to adopt and implement to support mental health in the workplace. These standards include imperatives to
- Build mental health awareness by making information and support accessible
- Encourage open conversations
- Provide good working conditions and ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance
- Promote effective people management, with line managers holding regular conversations about health and well-being with their staff
- Routinely monitor employee mental health
A similar report in an Irish context would be interesting as the same issues ravage Irish workers on a daily basis across both public and private sectors.
Professor Jim Lucey and others contribute to an Irish Times article exploring the topic of modern talk therapies (and mental health) in an Irish context.
Misconceptions, confusion, difficulties with access and stigma seem to be still big issues in Ireland when examining the topic of modern Irish Psychotherapy.
An article from the Guardian exploring potential research into a new pharmaceutical treatment for severe depression. Ketamine has been used previously as a tranquillizer (often in veterinary medicine) and also has a reputation as a recreational drug.