It wasn't until I had my second cochlear implant in 2013 that I started to 'struggle'. It was around about this time that I became aware that a number of other cochlear implant users were also struggling, and for a variety of reasons.
It was only when I started attending regular therapy myself that I realised how wholly unprepared I was for the hearing world. For years, I had been 'winging' it, and it was as if I had finally run out of fuel. Across the world, the psychological support for those transitioning from the non-hearing world to the hearing world is woefully inadequate, hence why I became The Cochlear Implant Coach.
Psychodynamic theory is a way to explore those issues that come from the past, which affect the way we are today – we all carry some of our past with us and counselling can really help us to heal from a range of emotions including those related to loss, grief and trauma, Healing is a process, so it is sometimes necessary to 'go back' in order to go forward.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has proven to be very effective in helping individuals to reframe negative thoughts. The way we respond to issues are largely learnt from our pasts and it is possible to relearn new, more optimal ways of being. Issues such as complex relationships, addiction, phobias and PTSD can be addressed using CBT.
Using the Humanistic approach, we can reflect on what is bothering us in the here and now. What's happening for you? In this space? Right now? Sometimes just knowing that it is okay not to feel okay can be reassuring. Long-term, however, where do we go from here? Issues such as anxiety and depression can make us feel like we are not moving forward - let's hit pause and explore.
WRITING DOWN HOW WE FEEL IN
IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD
Journal Therapy has been proved to work with a range of situations. In fact, regular journalling helps us with our emotions, thoughts and situations. By writing things down, it can help us to better articulate how we feel about particular scenarios and this can bring about immense healing. Use journal therapy to help you reflect before face-to-face counselling.