This is a question I am often asked by people in general. As can be seen from the below IACP video the reasons that bring people to train as a therapist are varied and tend to come on the back of previous work & life experiences.
Of course there are also those who work in the counselling/psychotherapy profession directly from training as psychologists having undergraduate and doctorate level training that can take nearly a decade.
Also see a second video below where IACP accredited therapists explain what they feel are the best things about the work of being a therapist.
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.”
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.
The 21st March marked International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The following article from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland blog outlines how race & ethnicity is an area that poses a variety of challenges not only in terms of the mental health of ethnic minorities generally but also in terms of the provision of supports and differences in how that support is experienced.
Talk Therapy Dublin currently has 40% of active clients born outside of Ireland and these clients often describe issues & experiences affected & augmented by almost constant minority stress.
Sexuality & Gender are broadly discussed by the mainstream in Ireland and much has been done in terms of acknowledging minority stress in these areas but when it comes to ethnic minorities and their experience of Ireland in 2018 there is a long way to go. Our attitudes to and the experiences of our own indigenous ethnic minority, the travelling community is an example of this.
The below article from therapist & author Stella O’Malley explores the topic of achievement in children, and the interaction of their resilience, mental health & exam pressure.
An interesting point is made on fostering a “growth” as opposed to a “fixed” mindset in young people – based on the work of Sanford professor of psychology Carol Dweck.
Talk Therapy Dublin meets clients presenting in their late teens and 20’s struggling with the results of this experience, often with significant depression, anxiety & substance abuse issues.
We also have regular experience of adult clients struggling to do right by their children but this very struggle being the source of issues. One common example is an over the top extra curricular activity schedule from a young age leaving little time for exploratory play, trial & error and indeed family time. Another common theme is how “failure” is presented & handled within a family.
Is it an opportunity to learn & for support?
Should it be avoided at all costs??
If a child shows an interest in music, should they immediately be enrolled in formal lessons multiple times a week?
What is like for working parents to have to bring children to multiple extra curricular events every week/weekend.
Is there much family time after parents work, school, homework & activities?