How Counselling Can Get You Through Menopause
Women spend their adult life dimly aware that one day they will enter this slightly mysterious state known as “the change” usually with no real knowledge of what to expect from the menopause and its precursor, the peri-menopause.
Even those who have some expectation of hot flashes, mood swings and physical manifestations of the decline of estrogen can be taken by surprise if they are unlucky enough to experience dramatic symptoms which may affect their daily life.
Dealing With the Symptoms
Depression, anxiety, stress and sleep disorders can all be caused or exacerbated by the hormonal turmoil of menopause and although the menopause itself is not an illness there is no shame in seeking help for those aspects of it which you find distressing or inconvenient.
There are of course practical steps you can take to lesson the impact of certain hormone-related changes, including simple diet and lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy or relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation.
However there is another avenue to explore – counselling – which can work especially well for some women who find themselves feeling anxious, depressed, stressed and looking for menopausal rage treatment.
Finding Your Therapist
There are many different techniques to explore but whatever type of counselling you try, it is crucial that you find a therapist who is qualified and experienced. It’s an added benefit to have a therapist that comes recommended by your healthcare provider or a friend or family member you trust.
Don’t be embarrassed to ask to see evidence of credentials – qualified counsellors will have a certificate, diploma or some other evidence that they have met specific educational, professional and ethical standards.
You wouldn’t let an unqualified surgeon operate on your physical body so don’t let an unqualified counsellor mess with your thoughts and emotions!
Types of Therapy
So what types of therapy might help with menopause-related issues?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) challenges negative thoughts and beliefs about the world and the patient’s life. You are encouraged to identify and change negative inaccurate or unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, problematic behavior and distressing emotional responses.
The cognitive approach basically teaches the patient the tools to change their own behavior so eventually they are able to apply their new skills to various difficult situations independently.
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