Jodie Gale is a Soul-Centred Psychotherapist, Therapeutic Counsellor + Eating Disorder Specialist, in Sydney, Australia. She recently interviewed clinicians around the world for Australia’s, National Psychotherapy Day (Sept. 25, 2018) on Why Counsellors and Psychotherapists Recommend Weekly Therapy. Below is the excerpt of my share:
“Kameela is the Founder of Elite Counselling & Consulting Services and specializes in brief therapy, collaborating for practical solutions to life issues, such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues and more. She works online in Ontario, Canada and in person in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Consistent supported shifts, can equal lasting change.
Most of us seeking therapy are looking to make changes of some sort in our life. We may know what those changes are or we may just know we want a different reality. A better relationship, less anxiety, more fulfillment, peace with the past, whatever it may be that motivates us to seek therapy, it’s usually done in pursuit of altering our current life. Making lasting change is not just about choosing to change. Habits, our behaviours, inclinations, reactions, and ways of thinking are hardwired in our brains. Making a change that lasts, takes repetition. Therefore, most therapists will see clients weekly, especially to start.
Realizing what needs to shift and beginning to make changes can be a process of trial and error. Support from a therapist with a combination of professional and in the field knowledge, can be insider insight to fast track success. As a personal trainer can help support with shifting to better physical health, a therapist can help with our mental, emotional well-being. In the beginning our bodies and our mind want to revert to its norm, it pulls us into old patterns of being. Too much time in-between sessions can create space for us to fall back into old habits. A guide that can consistently be there until the new patterns are found and repeated enhances chances that desired change will not only happen but last.”
There were many other insightful points made by other clinicians.
For a rounded perspective from other clinicians see the full article at https://jodiegale.com/why-counsellors-and-psychotherapists-recommend-weekly-therapy/.
Great thanks to Jodie Gale, MA. Psych. for the opportunity to participate, as well as to fellow clinicians for their contributions Jennifer Brady LPC, Emma Cameron, MA, PGDip., Adv. Dip., Alicia Hite MS. LMFT, Cindy Blank-Edelman LMHC, Rebecca Newkirk LCSW, Renee Outland OTD OTR/L, Toni Jackson, Sheryl Woodhouse LMFT!