002 Emotional Fitness Coach aka Therapist: Why would I need a Therapist & How to Choose a Therapist

Show Notes:

  • Physical fitness has many different avenues, such as body weight training, yoga, mountain biking; some avenues for Emotional Fitness include: Peer Group, Friend Group, Professional Lead Group, Individual practice with activities like meditation and other mindfulness exercises, Professional support, such as individual or Couples Therapy
  • Today focus on individual therapy
  • When a friend says they just signed up for a physical trainer verses friend signed up for a therapist – notice how does the response differ?
  • Is there a belief that someone’s broken if they go to a therapist

 

  • What can be the benefits of Therapy:

    • Increased choice, your ability to choose where you place your thoughts, increased cognitive flexibility
    • Increased productivity
    • Increased creativity
    • Increased memory & focus
    • Increased compassion
  • Positive Psychology founder Martin Selligman, former American Psychological Association President, newest book: The Hope Circuit
  • Research on effects of therapy and emotional exercises
  • Positive Psychology in Clinical Practice; Annual Review of Clinical Psychology; https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.clinpsy.1.102803.144154
  • Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2012, July 11). Evidence supports health benefits of ‘mindfulness-based practices’. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 24, 2013, from <http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120711104811.htm>
  • https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/psychotherapies/index.shtml
  • Altmann U, Zimmermann A, Kirchmann HA, et al. Outpatient Psychotherapy Reduces Health-Care Costs: A Study of 22,294 Insurants over 5 Years. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2016;7:98. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00098.
  • Bolier, L., Haverman, M., Westerhof, G. J., Riper, H., Smit, F., & Bohlmeijer, E. (2013). Positive psychology interventions: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies. BMC Public Health, 13, 119. http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-119
  • Why it’s important to be familiar with the process of finding a counselor? Life gets turned upside down as it can, it’s helpful to know you have professional support lined up.

 

  • Invitation of the week – Start the process of getting a therapist

    • Not everyone will have similar access, eg traveling for work, living in remote locations, finances; some options include: therapists in training, health insurance hotlines, resource hotlines, online program
    • Interview therapists – multiple, ask them questions, see who you feel relaxed and trusting around
    • https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/therese-borchard-sanity-break/questions-everyone-should-ask-their-therapist/
    • After choose a therapist, evaluate for treatment
    • When something happens, yet also building up the strength prior to things happening, if the therapist is full active clients, they will provide you with three referrals
    • If things get uncomfortable, this can be meaningful data
    • Are you still able to explore with proper form, one foot in present and one foot in past
    • Go for annual Checkup up – Gottman’s recommendation for annual evaluation
    • When you end treatment, tell them what you found most valuable in therapy and ask for what that modality was
    • Continue with the 5 sense mindfulness
    • Resources for finding a therapist:

    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
      * DBT is a modality that teaches skills for being in effective relationship, gaining emotional awareness, and tolerating distress, in the present moment. DBT is offered in group settings, as well as with support from individual therapists.
      * DBT Youtube Channel with founder Marsha Linehan: https://www.youtube.com/user/BehavioralTech
    • EMDR
      * EMDR is a treatment for processing traumatic events. It can be offered by a separate clinician from the rest of your treatment.
      * EMDR “Consultants” have a higher level of training, that includes parts work, though what matters most is your relationship with the therapist and how much you trust them, regardless of their level of certification.
      * To find practitioners: http://www.emdria.org/?120
      * Francine Shapiro (creator of EMDR) on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsQbzfW9txc
    • Somatic Experiencing:
      * SE is body-based approach to healing trauma and other stress disorders
      * To find practitioners: http://sepractitioner.membergrove.com
      * Free videos about SE: https://somaticexperiencing.com/category/about-peter/videos-of-petre/
      * SE Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/somatics1
    • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention
      * Link to finding regional groups: http://www.mindfulrp.com/For-Clients.html
    • American Society of Experiential Therapist (ASET):
      * To find practitioners: www.asetonline.com/therapists.html
      * American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA): www.adta.org
    • Dance movement therapy group can be the intersection between movement, mind and body, health and well-being.
      * To find a certified therapist or group leader, go to: www.adta.org/find-a-dancemovement-therapist/
    • Psychology Today: www.psychologytoday.com
      * Psychology Today is a great resource to search for therapists, group therapy, and outpatient and inpatient services.
      * There’s search features that allow you to sort by different specialties, modalities, insurance, and other options.