We all go to the dentist and doctor for a check-up, but few of us think to go to a therapist for a mental health check-up but like any other part of our body, our minds need to be kept fit and healthy to enable us to be prepared and deal with whatever ups and downs life throws at us. Sadly many of us do not take care of our minds in the same way so we suffer in silence and cope with anxiety or depression when it is within our grasp to thrive rather than merely survive.
Mental health has been in the news a lot recently, from Princes William and Harry talking openly about their experiences, to the daily discussion about the mental state of President Trump across The Pond. Thankfully these open discussions are changing attitudes towards mental health and normalising what has been, for too long, an almost taboo subject.
Given that, in any year, one in four of us will suffer from some form of mental health condition from mild stress to profound psychological disturbance and everything in between, a mental health check-in would seem like a good idea.
A check-in could be just for reassurance or the beginning of a process to have a more rewarding emotional life
It’s great that in this fast paced, high pressure world in which we now live, it is now finally becoming recognised as a strength to want, ask for and get support for mental wellbeing but what’s the best way to know what therapist and therapy will be right for you?
Here at A Therapist in Town, we are pleased to list over 150 different talking therapists covering a vast range of therapies – from psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies to behavioural and humanistic – but how do you choose the therapist that will be right for you?
We spoke to one of our regular therapists to get her top tips.
Steff Roeg is a specialist in Psychosynthesis therapy www.steffroeg.co.uk
For more information and guidance mental health charity Mind has a very useful A-Z run down of the most common reasons people seek therapy, the different types of therapy that are available and what they entail.
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