A Modern Approach TO WELLNESS
Richie McDonagh on the excellent range of mental health services offered by the Remedy Clinic.
Going to see a therapist can be quite a loaded experience. It’s a process that requires trust and a real relationship to develop. This can take time, and changes can take long periods of time to work up to. But, believe me, the effort is more than worth it.
Talking to a therapist who is good at the job, you will feel the full range of emotions that are associated with any relationshipAE but you can safely interact and experiment with these, in the knowledge that your therapist is there for you and is robust enough to endure whatever challenges you are experiencing with you.
Remedy is a modern approach to counselling, psychotherapy and wellness intervention. All the professionals in the practice are trained to the upcoming regulatory standards for the professions of counselling and psychotherapy.
The aim, when we were assmbling the team, was to to offer a range of intervention methodologies, because people and their needs are dynamic. There is no one-siâe-fits-all approach.
“Remedy is a modern approach to counselling, psychotherapy and wellness intervention.”
Our Psychotherapists practice several different methodologies. Some practice specific and purist interventions if they feel this is what the client needs. In the main, the goal is to help a willing individual to achieve change in their life. One of the predominant methodologies is Psychodynamic therapy, which focuses on a client’s character structure, and the interplay between conscious and unconscious emotional and cognitive forces. It is these aspects of ourselves that a skilled therapist will help us to navigate, understand, dispel or indeed part ways with.
This form of therapy is enormously positive and liberating, helping clients to connect with themselves more and to orbit some of their circumstances objectively, to achieve a more informed and considered view of their life, and their relationship with the world.
As we were putting Remedy together, we recognised that engaging in talking therapies can be hard enough on clients, without having to go into a run-down building or cluttered space to participate. We created a clean and comfortable set of rooms to share the service in, because the therapeutic environment is important to us. People operate better in work environments that are neat and orderly, and therapy is work, albeit personal work. We felt this was key to getting people off to a good start on their therapeutic journey.
Mental well-being isn’t all about the pressure indviduals feel. We have an Employee Assistance Programme for corporate clients, that offers a lengthier and, in our view, more meaningful intervention duration than is often available. EAP is an anonymous counselling service that can be accessed by client organisation employees to help them through challenges at work and in their personal lives.
Overall, I am pleased to acknowledge and be part of an obvious paradigm shift in Irish culture within the last generation. Life has become ever more complex. It presents a vast number of challenges, and some of these at least really do need professional intervention. Just the act of participating in counselling can reinforce a person’s sense of doing something of value for their own personal wellbeing, and establish a platform for the pursuit of better mental health.
That said, it will take continued advocacy and open conversation to push this into the realm of acceptability that we currently associate with the dentist or physiotherapist.
Many years ago, I held my own generation’s view of these services. I associated those you went to for help with incense and cardigans and a bit of a happy clappy approach. That said, when I needed help, I found myself reaching out to those I associated with the aforementioned attributes – because some challenges truly do need professional help.
This interaction led me on a journey of discovery, exploring this field through study, which deepened my understanding of just what this is: the lost art of really meaningful connection to another human-being in the face of serious adversity where none of the usual, relational baggage exists to block a real deep-dive, on who we are and why we experience life the way we do.
For me, it brought unbridled change to my own life and put me in an unrecogniâable situation compared to where I had been in my late teens and early twenties. I, and all others who practice, want that same positive regeneration for anyone who is willing – and has the desire – to do the same for themselves.
I think everyone deserves that chance.