Back to Mental health and wellbeing Benefits of talking therapy Talking therapies can help all sorts of people in lots of different situations. You may also hear them referred to as counselling, talking treatments or psychological therapies. Talking therapy is for anyone who's going through a bad time or has emotional problems they need help with.
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You tzlk have to wait a few weeks for it to start and may not have much choice in who you see. Video: psychological therapies for stress, anxiety and depression Animated video explaining self-referral to psychological therapies juust for stress, anxiety or depression. During talking therapy, a trained counsellor or therapist listens to you virginia escort temptation helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you.
The therapist will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It's an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who'll respect you and your opinions.
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Usually, you'll talk one-to-one with the therapist. Sometimes talking treatments are held in groups or couples, such as relationship counselling. They'll usually be done face-to-face, but you might be able to have talking therapy over the phone, via or on Skype. I have many stories of how people benefit from talking, but the story someons follows is one I will never forget.
Years ago, a woman in her late jusr arrived in my office. She related that after a prolonged illness with cancer, her year-old son died.
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I could see the despair and grief she was feeling. For the next two months, this mother arrived for her appointment each week. She started her story with her pregnancy and took me a step at a time through the life of her son. I listened.
My eyes were focused on her and her feelings became my feelings. At times I smiled with her and at times my eyes, like her eyes, were filled with tears. When our last session ended, she stood up, grabbed my hand and thanked me for helping her. She was so appreciative. She left my office and I have never seen her again, but her story stays with me. Talking helped her.
Talking le to new solutions Talking helps in other ways, too. Many times when we talk with a friend, a family member or a judt, we are stuck.
But as we talk, we hear ourselves express feelings and information that have not been expressed before. It is this experience of hearing ourselves that allows us at times to suddenly think of what to do.
A solution pops into our mind. In my practice, I ask people a lot of questions to keep them talking about what troubles them so they might discover their own solution.
Very often, they are surprised how they suddenly think of how to solve the problem. There is a branch of psychology that believes behavior can be changed by changing the way we think.