Anyone with a tendency to seek help for themselves, or a family member, with any of the issues I have discussed or raised in my book, may avail of counselling.
There are many different approaches, from Carl Rodgers' Person-centred therapy, to the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud, each with the aim of helping the individual comes to terms with whatever problem or problems they may have.
Regardless of the problem, talking about it can help. Sometimes easier, or more comfortable, with a stranger as opposed to a family member.
Counselling is a process where, by talking to a professional about how you're feeling, you can work out, or try to change, the things that cause you distress.
I often found that my addictive behaviour, whether it be alcoholism, smoking, or gambling, was not in itself the problem. They were the symptoms of an underlying root cause, such as feelings of inadequacy, or lack of confidence, and these feelings could have stemmed from past lives, or traumatic events in my childhood.
There are many types of counselling, some of which I have given a bit more detail and information on. Pyschotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP, were all interesting areas of study, some of which I came across as part of my degree course, and some of which I learned about outside of the course.
I have also found that mindfulness, and mindfulness-based Stress Reduction therapy, or MBSR, has great potential in helping people who are suffering from anxiety, depression, or addiction.
Similarly MBCT, or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, is another technique which can help.
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction therapy is fairly uncomplicated in that it does what it says on the tin.
If you are based in or around Kilkenny I would recommend the services of local company Matilda Counselling Services.
Having experienced some pretty incredible life changing circumstances himself, feel free to pick up the phone and have a chat with Kevin.
He is sure to be able to draw upon his experiences and professionalism, in order to help you, if you so wish.
Aside from counselling, there are many ways in which one can combat depression, anxiety, lack of confidence and self-esteem, and deal with problem behaviours such as addiction.
A physical mindfulness practice can include Tai Chi or Yoga. Reiki practitioners seek to address one's emotional wellbeing via working with energy. Reflexology can help maintain a healthy balance, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can also help.
Like with most of my degree scheme, I personally became very disillusioned with academic life. And, rightly or wrongly, similarly disillusioned with white middle-class psychologists ascribing some American Diagnostic Journal handbook of mental problems to real people in real-life situations.
Seriously, we were taught that statistically, you were more likely to suffer from schizophrenia, if you were a black, working-class, female born in an urban environment. But then they said that research showed that 33% of schizophrenics were cured by a sugar pill, the technical term for this being the so-called Placebo effect.
In other words, there was nothing, per se, in the pill, that could help the patient. However, when they were expected to believe it would help, or told that it would, that belief became a reality. Now this in itself is truly fantastic. It means that our minds are so powerful, that we can create our own reality!
So instead of focusing on classifying 'patients' according to 'symptoms', why don't they do more research on that!?
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