As a therapist I often hear people complain about their partners. They say things like, “We just don’t have anything in common. We are basically incompatible”. Many of us will have had similar thoughts at some point in our lives. But is there any such thing as a compatible couple?
It may be confusing but there are a number of different types of psychological therapy. Many people have heard of counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy. Another exciting therapy that is gaining popularity has the long winded title of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Mostly, it is called ACT for short, (as in the word ‘act’). It is exciting because there is growing research evidence suggesting that this treatment can provide benefit for a wide range of problems, such as anxiety, depression, addictions, insomnia and chronic pain.
Every month in Cornwall, just under 1,500 people are referred (or refer themselves) to NHS funded psychological therapy services. These are people who may feel they are struggling with low mood, are overly anxious or just generally ‘stressed out’.
It may seem strange but many people are quite surprised to learn that they have symptoms of depression. Many men, in particular, often fail to recognise or seek help when they are depressed.