Counselling and Psychotherapy Frequently Asked Questions
A counsellor or psychotherapist will treat you with respect and provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to talk and explore your issues. It can be easier to talk to someone independent of your friends and family. They will be trained to support you and help you find your internal resources. The healing relationship offered by counselling and psychotherapy can lead to self-acceptance and increase your resilience and effectiveness.
“Transactional analysis is a powerful tool to bring about human well-being. In psychotherapy, transactional analysis utilises a contract for specific changes desired by the client and involves the “Adult” in both the client and the clinician to sort out behaviours, emotions and thoughts that prevent the development of full human potential. Transactional analysts intervene as they work with clients in a safe, protective, mutually respectful-OK/OK environment to eliminate dysfunctional behaviours and establish and reinforce positive relationship styles and healthy functioning. Transactional analysts are able to use the many tools of psychotherapy, ranging from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioural methods in effective and potent ways.” ITAA
“A study conducted by Mind, a leading mental health charity in the UK, benchmarked the effects of green therapy on 20 members of their local groups. The results demonstrated that 71% of participants reported decreased levels of depression following a country walk, whereas 22% had an increase of depressive symptoms after walking through an indoor shopping centre. “
“Ecotherapy is a natural, free and accessible treatment that boosts our mental wellbeing. Whether it’s a horticultural development programme supervised by a therapist or a simple walk in the park, being outdoors and being active is proven to benefit our mental health.” MIND
The gifts of imperfection:
Your guide to a wholehearted life. 2010
This book is all about letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and fully embracing who you are. Brene suggests getting up every day and saying to ourselves “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough”, and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”
Also see TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability.