Emotional, psychological and social well-being
At Shoalhaven Psychology Services we provide treatment to minimise the effects of illness and promote recovery. The therapy process modifies/improves your thoughts, feelings, or behaviours. Treatment will include tasks outside of therapy sessions to ensure the greatest benefits are gained, and are supported relationally and holistically.
What is mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. However, whilst this is the focus of therapy and counselling, the physical and physiological components of the self and lifestyle choices are imperative factors discussed and linked to symptomatology.
Good mental health is about being at your full potential. According to the World Health Organisation mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.
Mental health problems and mental illness
The Department of Health Australia estimates about one in five Australians will experience a mental illness, and most of us will experience a mental health problem at some time in out lives. Mental health problems are less severe than mental illnesses, but may develop into a mental illness if they’re not effectively dealt with. Both affect how a person thinks, feels, behaves, and interacts with other people. Mental illness does this more significantly and is diagnosed according to a standardised criteria.
To set the stage we spent our three day yearly retreat together in sharing, reflection and appreciation. At each of our retreats we start with reflection on our values- are they still relevant, are they a part of our clients journey and do we refer to them enough? Are there values we need to spend more time bringing into the company?
I spend much of my time at work speaking with clients about their experiences of trauma. These are often deeply personal conversations which involve vulnerability and working through what can be confronting core beliefs and experiences.
Often as a therapist, your work life and personal life collide with similar themes. For me, the spotlight recently shone on all things parenting and baby related.