How do I know which therapy will be the right one for me?
Here at Southport Therapy I am trained and experienced in a number of different therapies which may be suitable in helping you to overcome your health issues, problems and achieve your full potential.
When you realise you’ve had your problem for a while you start to think about finding some help to overcome the way you feel.
Usually you would go to your GP who will more than likely tell you that you can access some form of counselling or CBT if you are prepared to wait 6-12 weeks or sometimes longer.
This will have exasperated the way you feel especially if its stress, depression or high levels of anxiety, because you will feel so bad that you don’t want to continue to feel this way for any longer, you want help now.
However which will be the right therapy for you, you may have heard from a friend that hypnotherapy is helpful but you feel unsure or afraid of someone taking control of your mind. Someone else suggests CBT and someone else said that didn’t work for them. Another person recommended counselling and the thought of having to talk about yourself and your feelings seems too much right now after all its the feelings that your experiencing that you want help with and talking about them makes you feel worse.
So what do you do?
Find a therapist who is trained and experienced in a number of different modalities and ask her to design a treatment programme specifically for you.
So what will my treatment programme look like?
An example might look something similar to this.
Client suffering from depression has seen GP now on anti depressants however doesn’t feel able to return to work. This is the 3rd episode of depression and it feels like it will continue for the rest of your life. Right now it’s the depression you want to rid yourself of and you feel desperate for help.
So session 1, we will look at your history, what are the shocks and losses you’ve experienced in your life, have you had loved ones die, have you experienced bullying at school, did you have an accident which prevented you from achieving your professional football career, have your close relationships broken down etc. So it’s useful to do some form of time line with the events in your life recorded on.
We will look at what your goal for therapy is i.e. how do you want to feel when therapy ends.
We will discuss what resources you have already, which make you feel happier, more like your usual self. Often people stop doing the things that make them feel good when they are struggling with health issues. It’s important to continue to go to the gym, walk in nature, eat healthy nutritious food and talk to your friends and colleagues at work. Often others will have experienced something similar to what you’re going through and it can be a huge relief to share experiences. Remember to breathe deeply and relax with your favourite music, and unwind in a warm bath. All might seem fairly obvious advice but self care is essential. After all it’s what we would advise others to do.
We will discuss the different types of therapy available to you. So for example we might decide it’s important to get you stabilized before we begin digging deeper into symptoms and emotions. So perhaps we will have a couple of sessions of Hypnotherapy for relaxation and to teach you self hypnosis which you can start to use at home. Or we might use EMDR and give you a safe place resource. We will also use Psy- Tap techniques such as finger squeezes and body tapping which you can practise at home. Or perhaps you would like to have a deep relaxation session and have your Bars run.
Session 3 and 4 we might use EMDR therapy to begin to work on root issues of depression and in particular any traumas which appear to be creating the depressed mood.
The number of therapy sessions, and therapeutic technique will be dependent on your issues.
Some issues such as certain fears, phobias, and addictions can be sorted in one session using a psycho – sensory technique’s such as Psy – Tap or if chronic pain is your issue, Oldpain2go. Depression and big traumas may require 6 plus sessions.
My goal for your therapy is self – empowerment, empowering you to use the resources you already have and several new ones to put you back in control of your life. After all you are the expert in your life. Together with the therapy and resources which you need to continue to use after therapy has ended, you will continue to stay well and healthy in the future and prevent any further episodes.