OD021: Un-Therapy: Mental Health for the Skeptic
When you hear someone tell you they’re going to therapy, you may get a mental image of a person having to tell their life stories to a stranger, and crying, or breaking down in a pile of emotions on a clinic sofa. As you picture these sessions, you may be overcome with a strong desire to avoid putting yourself in that situation altogether. You’re not alone!
Therapy, though, is really an opportunity. Exposing yourself in a counseling situation is not about telling the therapist about yourself; it’s about the therapist helping you discover yourself. And once you’ve made the discoveries that establish who you are, you can then start the journey toward becoming the person you want to be. Using everything that you have experienced, seen, heard, and felt throughout your life, you then try to create new experiences, and develop new habits. A therapist can help you to establish new responses to situations that may have previously turned negative.
If you’re in a career where you are expected to be tough, and strong, and never have any negative reactions to all the things you see on the job, you will be even more uncomfortable going to therapy or counseling, because doing so is sometimes seen as a weakness, or a sign that you aren’t fit for your job. Learning everything you can about mental health issues, and about yourself, is the next best thing, if you won’t or can’t go to actual counseling.
If you’re still uncomfortable with counseling, or with sharing your deepest emotions and memories with a counselor in a formal setting, you can still benefit from some structured self-assessment and education. Sometimes we get in our own way, and can’t even see the causes of things that might be creating our biggest issues. This training course is designed to walk you through some self-assessment so that you can see areas in which you might need to focus some effort or make some change. By working through the exercises, answering questions, and taking time to reflect, you may discover the causes for feelings, emotions, and reactions by which you were previously confused.
Take your time with the questions as you go through them. If you feel like spending more time on one topic, just do that… expand your answers, write until you can’t think of anything more to write, and contemplate. You’ll only benefit from self-reflection. Take the time, for your own sake, to think out real, deep, honest and forthright answers. You never know what you may discover about yourself, when you take a closer look.
Released as mini-sessions, weekly, over the year (January 1 - December 31, 2018), allows you to manage this 12-hour training by taking it in a little at a time.
Amy Morgan, MSC - Executive Training Director and Founder of Academy Hour -------------- Dr. John Duncan - PhD in Neuroscience and 27 years in law enforcement from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control as Chief Agent. -------------- Byron Curtis Ph.D. F-ABFT, Chief Forensic Toxicologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner – State of Oklahoma, Toxicology Laboratory Director -------------- Dr. Henry Cloud, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology, Biola University. Dr. Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and best-selling author. -------------- Dr. Colleen Halupa is the Dean of Online Education at East Texas Baptist University. She has an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Management, a masters and bachelors in health care administration and is a nationally certified clinical laboratory scientist. -------------- Jessica Smith is currently a graduate student in the Human Relations Department at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a group therapist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and as a Forensic Interviewer for 8 years.