Does Talking Therapy Work?

There are many different types of counselling and therapy.

Talking therapy is perhaps one of the most used therapies, but the question is does it have long lasting results?

Let's look at the pros of talking therapy.

It gives the client an opportunity to speak to a counsellor, The client can express their thoughts and emotions in a safe and calm environment.

This can have an immediate affect on the client, as sharing a problem can often lead to solutions.

The client openly shares whats is going on in their mind and thus their life.

A client will often talk to a counsellor about thoughts, feelings and behaviours which they have never spoken about to anyone before.

There is great benefit to this, as now the problem, which often keeps replaying in their own mind is out in the open.

The burden of suffering on their own appears to lessen as they have a counsellor with which they can share their problems with.

Now lets's look at the cons of talking therapy:

Often when I meet a client for the first time, they explain they have had counselling before. I ask them what they did and wether it worked for them?

The following is the most common answer I received::

'The counsellor was really nice and a great listener. I enjoyed the sessions but after a while it seemed to stop helping'

When I delved a little deeper and asked how much work they had to do in between the sessions, they all said.

'There was no work to complete in between sessions'

This seems completely crazy to me. I understand that talking about a problem can help immediately but it will definitely not eradicate the problem completely.

Some clients explained they had 12 months of talking therapy and when we spoke a little more about it, it came apparent that perhaps in the end it was making their problems worse.

It is definitely a good idea to talk through problems at first in counselling, but once this is done the client needs to put some practical work in to improve their state of mind for good.

The quickest and most effective way to make long lasting change is mind training combined with counselling and meditation.

At Still Mind Training we have a very pragmatic approach. In between the first and second session the client is asked to carry out journaling on situations, using a thought worksheet.

They are asked to identify, thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

They are also asked to start some mind training using a meditation technique called open monitoring.

Still Mind Training has 6 steps completed over 6 consultations and by the end of the program the client has all the tools they need to improve their state of mind and therefore their life.

The client gets to experience for themselves the benefits of mind training and meditation. (The greatest way to learn is through your own experience)

They come to the realisation that happy habits that include physical exercise and meditation, lead to a healthy, peaceful and balanced state of mind.

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