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Do I need therapy 

Are you struggling at the moment? Is there something troubling you? Or do you feel like you need some guidance in certain areas of your life? Admitting that you need help is nothing to be ashamed of, and you certainly don’t have to hit ‘rock bottom’ or have a diagnosed mental health condition to reach out for professional support. Therapy can help you work through past issues, self-esteem struggles, relationship problems, and anything else affecting your mental well-being. 

There are many different types of therapies and therapists, but ultimately, therapy involves talking with a trained professional about your feelings and challenges. Some therapies, like cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), focus on developing healthy behaviours to combat negative thought patterns. Others aim to understand the root causes of your emotional difficulties. Whichever therapy you choose, you will come away with a better understanding of your feelings and how to manage them healthily.

If you’re struggling, remember that you are not alone. A therapist can help you work through your unique challenges and build a healthier, happier life.

Signs you need therapy

We all have difficult days here and there. However, if the feelings you are experiencing are interfering with your daily life and relationships, it may be worth seeking out a therapist who can help you manage them.

These symptoms might be due to an underlying mental health condition, like depression or anxiety. Or perhaps you’re going through a stressful or traumatic period that has impacted how you’re feeling. In any case, a therapist can help you work through these challenges and guide you towards healthier relationships with your feelings. 

You might be experiencing:

  • Anxiety and unease
  • Feeling overwhelmed with everything going on
  • Overthinking and finding it hard to ‘switch off’ from your thoughts
  • Feeling low and more tearful than usual
  • Becoming easily angered or finding it hard to manage your emotions
  • Changes in your sleeping patterns, whether more or less than usual
  • Changes in your eating habits, whether more or less than usual
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Losing interest in activities or hobbies you once enjoyed
  • Struggling with responsibilities at work, university, or school
  • Feeling hopeless and trapped
  • Relying on substances like drugs or alcohol to get through the day
  • Having thoughts of self-harm or feeling like you don’t want to be here anymore

The benefits of therapy

Life can sometimes feel overwhelming, leaving you with a whirlwind of emotions that are difficult to navigate on your own. You might find yourself feeling anxious, struggling to cope with daily stressors, or battling a sense of hopelessness. During these times, therapy can be a beacon of support, offering a compassionate and understanding environment where you can explore your feelings and work towards healing. Engaging in therapy is a courageous step towards prioritising your mental and emotional well-being, and it can open the door to numerous benefits that can profoundly impact your life.

  • Understanding Yourself Better: Therapy gives you a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings, helping you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
  • Emotional Relief: Talking to a therapist can provide a sense of relief, as you share what’s been weighing on your mind without fear of judgment.
  • Improving Relationships: It can help you build healthier relationships by improving your communication skills and understanding of relationship dynamics.
  • Coping Strategies: You’ll learn effective ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and other challenges, which can make everyday life feel more manageable.
  • Personal Growth: Therapy can foster personal growth, helping you set and achieve goals, and build a more fulfilling life.
  • Support During Difficult Times: During tough times, having someone to support you and offer professional guidance can be incredibly comforting and stabilising.
  • Improved Mental Health: Regular therapy can help alleviate symptoms of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, improving your overall well-being.

Finding a therapist 

Finding the right therapist can feel like a daunting task, but it’s an important step toward improving your mental well-being. The first thing to consider is what you need help with – whether it’s anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or something else. Knowing your specific needs can guide you in choosing the right type of therapist, as different therapists have various specialities and approaches.

Start by exploring online directories and reviews to find therapists in your area. Many therapists offer initial consultations, which can give you a sense of their style and whether you feel comfortable with them.

When meeting a potential therapist, it’s important to ask questions about their experience, approach to therapy, and how they handle the issues you’re facing. Don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns or preferences you have. Finding someone you feel safe and understood with is crucial, as a strong therapeutic relationship is key to effective treatment.

Remember, it’s okay to try a few different therapists before finding the right match. We even offer the ability to change therapist if it doesn’t feel like the right fit. The goal is to find someone who you can trust and feel comfortable with, as this will create a supportive environment for your healing and growth. Taking the time to find the right therapist is an investment in your mental health and overall well-being.

Types of therapists 

Understanding the different types of therapists and what they offer can help you make an informed decision about who might be the best fit for you. Each type of therapist brings a unique set of skills and approaches to the table, all aimed at helping you improve your mental and emotional well-being.

Clinical Psychologists are highly trained professionals who can help with a wide range of mental health issues. They often hold a doctoral degree and are skilled in various therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which is effective for treating anxiety and depression. Clinical psychologists can also conduct psychological assessments to better understand your mental health needs.

Counsellors and Therapists are excellent options for those seeking support with life’s challenges. Counsellors are trained to provide therapy for individuals, couples, and families, focusing on issues such as stress, relationship problems, and emotional difficulties. 

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in mental health. They can diagnose mental health conditions, prescribe medication, and offer therapy. If you think medication might be a helpful part of your treatment plan, a psychiatrist could be the right choice for you. They often work closely with other therapists to provide comprehensive care.

Each type of therapist brings something unique to the therapeutic process, and finding the right match can make a significant difference in your journey toward better mental health. 

Book a consultation

Remember, if you’re struggling – there are people out there who can help. Therapy can allow you get to the root of your issues and teach you healthier coping mechanisms and techniques for managing symptoms when they arise so you can start living the life you deserve. Book an initial consultation to get matched with a therapist who can suit your specific set of needs. 

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

11 July 2024

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.