Mental health problems affect one in four of us at some time in our lives. Depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and other problems can be triggered by personal and lifestyle pressures, such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, or job loss. They can also be the result of drug or alcohol dependency, illness or long term physical disability.
Mental Health refers to how you are thinking, feelings and behaviour reflect how we are in the world. Some aspects of ‘Good’ Mental health include balanced thinking, healthy emotional experience, coping with stress and managing setbacks well. It involves engaging and enjoying various aspects of life while being resilient through difficult times.
In contrast mental health problems can be defined as the experiencing of distressing psychological symptoms to the extent that normal functioning is seriously impaired. Mental health difficulties can have a detrimental impact on a person’s life affecting their work, leisure, relationships and self-esteem.
Physiotherapy has an important role to play in helping those with mental health problems. Research shows that regular exercise affects mood and increases self-esteem. Our Physios are able to assess people and devise a safe, enjoyable exercise and movement programme tailored to their needs, which will help to build their mental and physical well being.
At Spectrum Therapy our Psychologists possess skills in a wide range of psychological assessments, as well as therapeutic approaches for helping children, young people and adults who are experiencing difficulties.
Our Psychologists can provide evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions. At Spectrum Therapy, we believe symptoms of mental health difficulties are considered to be only part of the person and that problems do not define who you are.
Our team of Psychologists are led by Dr. Andrew Dillon, the Service Manager at Spectrum Therapy. All of our Psychologists are fully qualified and hold current membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.