April 27, 2018
What happens inside an Open Dialogue Session?
Mental health is complex. Difficult thoughts and feelings can slowly take up space in our minds and bodies, adding more and more weight over time. Sometimes, it stays with us, like a small ache over longer periods of time. Other times, a moment comes when it has taken up too much space to bear. The onset to such moments can be hard to recognise. Is this just a bad feeling that I should just “get over” or is it more?
Whether you don’t want to have a constant ache, you’re worried about the moment when you can no longer bear the weight of the pressure, you’ve already experienced it, or you know someone who’s struggling; Open Dialogue might help. A discreet and confidential therapy, aiming to be a safe space for you - in the comfort of your own home.
Open Dialogue is a therapy developed in Finland with positive results across the spectrum of mental health, in couples therapy and in professional settings. It takes place in the comfort of your own home or location of choice, ensuring confidentiality and discretion. At the heart of the method, is comfort, support and honesty. We invite a client to have friends or family present in the therapy room - the support network. Our ultimate goal is to spend time working through underlying issues that create difficult feelings. But, before that’s done, we want you to be supported and understood by the people closest to you. Difficult feelings are hard to go through, it’s even worse if you have to do it alone every day.
Once we all sit down together over some tea, coffee and cake; it’s time to talk. Conversation is a paradoxical thing. It is as easy as life is, but at the same time, it is also as difficult as life is. To make it a little easier, we let you take the lead. We can talk about anything you want, and avoid anything that makes you uncomfortable. If someone doesn’t want to talk, but still be part of the group, that’s fine too. The only thing we make sure of is that everyone who wants to talk gets a chance to do so uninterrupted. We can discuss anything that you currently have unresolved feelings about; from difficult feelings from work or heartbreak to serious distress - nothing is too big or small.
Every meeting ends with you as a client deciding on who you want to invite to the next session. You will also decide on when and where you want to meet - if you want to meet at all. Remember, you are in the driver seat and we’re just here to support you. Our goal is that you leave us with a sense of wellbeing.
Therapy is a wonderful gift to give yourself and your wellbeing to feel and perform better. If you want to know more about what happens inside the therapy room, keep following our blog posts. If there are any topics in particular that you want to hear more about, send us an email.