In our extensive training and professional experience, we have learned that most psychological problems are a result of excessive, debilitating fear of someone or some situation over a long period of time. Sometimes it goes as far back as the childhood. The individual may not even be aware that they have a problem because they have learnt to avoid the issue, i.e. certain people, situations etc. Left unexplored the problem keeps growing until a psychological breakdown occurs, often seemingly due to an insignificant upset. Drug therapy can help very quickly with the immediate symptoms such as panic attacks, tearfulness, sadness etc., but the actual problem can only be treated through talking therapy. We have found that usually the underlying causes are current or past difficult relationships which in turn impact the individual`s relationship with themselves and others. When they start therapeutic relationship, the individual starts forming a longed for relationship with another person which entails feeling safe, trust, respect and integrity. These are some of the most essential psychological, emotional and social nutrients needed for healthy psychological, emotional and social human growth, which drug therapy alone cannot provide.
At other times it can be due to a sudden trauma i.e. an attack, road traffic accident, injury or death. The individual’s unknown vulnerability is highlighted and their previous supposed `safe` world starts to feel unsafe, aptly termed `shattered illusions`. The individual will need time to reflect over the event before moving on. The process is about acknowledging the loss of their once secure world and revising their core beliefs.