Effective psychotherapy for people and professionals.
At Eudaimonic Therapy and Coaching, I work with people from all walks of life to find relief from various issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, anger, bereavement, addiction, etc. I also work with c-suite leaders, senior managers, hr executives and entrepreneurs on personal blocks impacting their professional performance.
Appointments take place online via secure video call on a weekly basis. They are one-to-one and typically last for 50 minutes, although in some circumstances where clients need extra support, 90-minute sessions or additional one-off sessions are on offer.
The client and I work together on issues they are bringing, with the pace of the work also being discussed between us. Usually, the problems brought will significantly impact their ability to flourish in their personal lives, or in the case of professionals, to be their most effective in their work.
Psychotherapy and counselling are talking treatments applied to help with various emotional, mental health, and associated physical and behavioural issues. It has helped countless people all over the world to find relief and make positive, lasting changes. While I have worked with many groups of clients over the past 23 years, and I am highly adept at building good ethical therapeutic relationships with diverse individuals, including professionals.
Company leaders face particular challenges, both professionally and personally. Professionally, being a leader in recent years has been a tough time. In 2022 alone, global data showed that 70% of leaders expressed burnout was affecting their decision-making ability, and the same proportion seriously considered resigning. This was to work at new organisations that offer greater employee well-being. Additionally, there are times when leaders and executives may experience personal issues that significantly impact their ability to function most effectively in their professional lives.
Research shows that many leaders benefit from coaching. However, there are times when the mental health concerns or the depth of distress that the client brings are outside the remit of what coaching provides. Psychotherapy offers leaders and executives a safe space, empathy, and emotional support from a trained professional. This psychotherapy is a powerful transformational resource for managing complicated feelings. Leaders and entrepreneurs can also gain awareness, identify and overcome barriers, learn new skills, heal, and ultimately make positive, sustainable change.
Research tells us consistently that the most significant factor in determining whether therapies have been helpful to the client is a good relationship in which trust has been built between client and therapist. This relationship is called the ‘therapeutic alliance’ and includes essential components, such as feeling heard, understood, empowered to make choices, and supported.
There are roughly fifty different types of talking therapy; however, a much smaller number are more common and may sound familiar. Though the relationship between you and your therapist is the most essential thing, below is some introductory information to give you a sense of the theoretical approaches underpinning this kind of psychotherapy I offer to help you better understand what this kind of counselling and psychotherapy is about and to assist you in making an informed decision about whether this type of professional psychotherapy is for you.
I am training to post a master’s degree level in Existential and CBT Psychotherapy, which I will explain below.
Existential Psychotherapy is a diverse and philosophically informed approach to psychotherapy and counselling. Many practitioners have been influenced by philosophical enquiry, including Freud, during the 1800s. It aims to increase understanding of the human condition.
How this applies to you in the day-to-day is that in talking through your concerns with your therapist, it is less concerned with pathologising you and more interested in helping you to gain insight into your experiences and the painful problems you’re facing in your life, helping you to identify and achieve what you want for yourself. This can help you ask and answer important life questions, both big and small.
This therapy can be optimistic, transformational, and empowering, enabling you to increase awareness of your potential and make important life choices. It is open-minded and endeavours to help you enrich your life and improve your relationships with yourself and others, supporting you to live more authentically and meaningfully.
Examples of just a few of the questions Existential psychotherapy might examine may include:
Who am I?
What’s my life purpose?
Who am I supposed to be?
What does happiness mean to me?
How can I make sense of my suffering?
What is blocking me from achieving what I hope for?
Existential therapy is helpful to many people, including those who work as leaders and entrepreneurs suffering from a wide variety of emotional and behavioural problems and other challenges, including:
Addiction, Anxiety, Apathy, Bereavement and loss, Choices, Death/Terminal illness, Depression, Fear, Finding meaning, Guilt, Loneliness and isolation, Passivity or problems with autonomy, Relationships and Spiritual challenges.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT, a popular form of therapy that emerged in the 1960s, is an active therapy approach which aims to help you to increase your awareness of your thinking patterns and how your thinking impacts your feelings and behaviour. For example, you may find yourself overthinking things, feeling like you can’t switch off from thinking about things, worrying about what will happen in the future or what people will think of you, or generally thinking negatively. How we think about things, people, or situations can sometimes affect how we feel physically and/or emotionally and, subsequently, can impact how we behave.
How we think can either be helpful or unhelpful to us and can become habitual. CBT can help you to pinpoint unhelpful thinking patterns and alter thinking habits that have been learned. It is also helpful in supporting client autonomy. This is because it enables you to make sense of overwhelming feelings and, in turn, positively impacts how you behave as a consequence.
CBT can be effective in helping you to feel more in control and provides a tool kit to navigate a variety of problems, including: