A Mod­ern Ap­proach TO WELL­NESS

Richie McDon­agh on the ex­cel­lent range of men­tal health ser­vices of­fered by the Rem­edy Clinic.

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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.

PAR­A­DIGM SHIFT

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.

UN­BRI­DLED CHANGE

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.

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