Life often finds us caught in complex situations in which, no matter what we do, we feel trapped somewhere. Unfulfilling relationships, lack of professional development, or the feeling that we can’t handle a critical situation (such as a break-up in a relationship, moving country, illness or divorce). At times like these it can be very beneficial to see a psychologist and save you, and the people you love, from a great deal of pain and pointless suffering.
Your partner can be your most loyal ally or your greatest enemy in life. It is very common for two people who are well intentioned and in love to find themselves trapped in problematic interactions. These interactions can cause an immense amount of suffering for them and their children, if they have any.
Did you know that one of the most defining things of our lives is the relationships we’ve formed with others? This is crucial in childhood, but it is also important when we are adults. Group therapy is so effective because people feel that they are not alone with their problem, the isolation that many had been subjected to is broken.
Family is a unique therapeutic aid for a constellation of symptoms. Behavioural disorders, substance abuse and a myriad of other symptoms can be treated by family therapy more quickly and more effectively than individual therapy. In addition, some interactions within families might reinforce undesirable symptoms. By observing all the members of the family interacting, therapists can gain a better understanding about which interactions should be strengthened and which should be avoided by the family members.
Many of us face the daily challenges of living in a different country to the one where we were born and brought up. Our expectations and the situation we were in prior to the move influence our perception of our situation in our host country. The personal and financial resources we have also buffer or increase the distress caused by the move. However, for everyone involved, moving country is life changing in many ways. We often move without knowing how big an impact this decision can have on our mental health and that of our loved ones