Mental Health Support
with 1 in 4 of us experiencing a mental health issue in any one year there's no time like today to seek support
"The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories we tell ourselves as a society. What is normal? That's just a story that we tell ourselves."
Matthew Quick, mental health author
THE THERAPY PROCESS
What is therapy?
The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) give a definition of counselling and psychotherapy as:
"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their wellbeing."
But what does this mean and who is therapy for?
Their website goes on to explain this quite aptly:
"Therapy can be helpful when feeling painful emotions, facing difficult decisions, in order to improve or change relationships, or to help in developing a better understanding of self and/or others. In particular, therapy may be helpful if:
- Something particularly unsettling has happened (such as bereavement, a redundancy, or a change of relationship), and help offered by friends and family is not enough, or not available.
- There has been something that occurred in the past that has not been dealt with, and is now interfering with daily life. This may be a particular trauma that happened in childhood or later life, such as the death or illness of an important person in your life, or it may be something that happened over a long period, such as being bullied or abused in childhood (and perhaps beyond)."
It's important to note that this, by far, is not an exhaustive list but an example.
Therapy can be useful for anyone in many situations and no problem is too big or too small to engage in a counselling relationship.
I have experiences working with many areas in mental health, so if you are unsure, or have a question, please don't hestitate to get in touch!