Get to know your mind and understand who you are. This was the key message communicated by a number of psychotherapist’s at the Savoy Hotel on Thursday evening .
The group of physiotherapists speaking were from the Irish Association of Humanistic And Integrative Psychotherapy.
Psychotherapist, Malcom Green, said, “Often in life, our soul will struggle, get distressed and it needs time and attention to understand what’s going on in our lives and what part of ourselves are being neglected. With IAHP, the therapy is tailored to the individual, with a great belief in the individual uniqueness and their own ability to overcome difficulties, get through a crisis, and become more at peace with themselves and to live a fuller and happier life, which is what we all want really.”
Throughout the evening, a number of experts from the field spoke about different theories and elements that make up psychology from psychotherapy, attachment, addiction and mindfulness.
“The begging is a phone call, a phone to a therapist to make an appointment. From that phone call begins the journey and the journey can go anywhere but we don’t know. It can be a short journey or a long journey but what drives it is the relationship, the relationship between the therapist and the client, how the client is met and how the therapist responds to what the client brings,” said psychotherapist, John Hartley.
The evening also highlighted the importance of how a good childhood can cement a strong foundation that helps us deal with what life brings as adults.
Fiona Clothier, a psychotherapists covering attachment theory, said, “It’s great to look around and see such a great crowd here this evening. I am delighted to speak on a subject that I am very passionate about on this panel with is attachment theory. Another name for attachment theory is how our early childhood experience impacts us in terms of our adults lives. That early relationship we have with our primary care giver, that early relationships impacts on the way we are to ourselves and the way we are to others.”
Also covered in the talk was the issues of addiction and how it is a sign that the person is in pain. Also stressed was that addiction is not just drugs and drink it can also amount to food shopping or work.
Gerry Murphy, an addiction psychotherapist, said, “We shouldn’t make assumptions about why anybody has become addicted, it’s very labelling at times and one dimensional. Everybody has a different story and I don’t think we should put everybody in the same category. We shouldn’t be asking, why the addiction?, we should be asking why the pain?, because that’s where the problem begins.”
To finish off the evening, psychotherapist Donna Curtin discussed the new trend of mindfulness and about how this method has been around for a long time. Included in Ms Curtin’s speech was a demonstration of mindfulness practice.
“I think it’s wonderful that we are here talking about mental health to begin with. This is Ireland, where mental health was brushed under the carpet when I was younger and probably still is in some households,” she said.
Thursday evenings talk was just one of many mental health talks taken place this week as part of Limerick Mental Health Week.