How do I know what kind of therapy I need?

One question I get asked as a therapist is: “how do I know what kind of therapy I need?”. This can be difficult to answer simply as it very much depends on the individual and their reasons for seeking therapy. People even go so far as to wonder if they need therapy at all.

Therapy should be looked upon as a way to get external support to work through issues you may be having. It can enable you to develop strategies to deal with any anxieties or challenges you may face, and to make positive changes in your life. Which type of therapy you proceed with really depends on what appeals most to you, and may need a degree of trial and error, in order to see which best resonates with you personally.

What therapies are available and how do I choose?
There is a myriad of therapies available ranging from talking models such as, cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing(EMDR), psychodynamic, emotion focussed, integrative and art therapy, to name a few. Therapies may involve areas of mindfulness, life coaching, reiki, yoga and hypnotherapy practices. Therapies can focus on the individual, couples, family, and from a personal, group and occupational prospective.

Fairview Therapy Centre(FTC) in Dublin 3, has a number of professionally qualified and accredited practitioners with expertise in many therapy modalities and has been a well-established service for 25 years.

Deciding to seek therapy is a positive and courageous step to take, and in this regard, having as much information as possible will allow you to make a well informed choice. Initial contact with a therapy centre, GP and/or other concerned sources(School, work HR/EAP ) will allow you to discuss various options available and therefore can provide you with necessary information to make this choice and what would be of benefit to you on this pathway.

Access to FTC can be made via in person phone contact @ 01 8561289; MOB 0852678030;
This initial contact and assessment involves ascertaining presenting issues; symptoms, longevity, impact, previous interactions(if any) and anticipated goals. This information will allow us to identify our most suitable practitioner to refer you to. This initial contact will inquire as to your time availability and any other preferences.

The relationship between the therapist and the client needs to be considered is of the upmost importance in providing the best pathway for beneficial outcomes. An empathetic environment can give confidence to the client that they have support and understanding while dealing and exploring very personal, intimate experiences (both past and present) and emotional difficulties. This rapport will allow the client to formulate greater self-awareness and enhance better coping strategies. Also, within this therapeutic process your needs may alter, and it is crucial that the process used can be flexible to evolve as you evolve.

The timeframe of therapy sessions is as individual as the individual involved and in view of this, you may need to appreciate that positive outcomes will take time. To place a definitive time on your therapy will only cause more anxiety and pressure to reach a conclusion.

FTC acknowledges that therapy is a personal process that needs to work for you and with this understanding foremost in our minds, we work to make sure the interactions and environment contribute to the best possible results for you.

For further information on what might work best for you, please get in touch with Fairview Therapy Centre today and we can guide you in this journey to a happier, better you.

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