(See also Idea #75 Reflective Practice.) We’re very taken by the sound of some of the less mainstream therapies such as Sand Therapy and Pre-therapy, outlined below.
Pre-therapy is particularly compelling as it’s essential to try creative, non-verbal styles of healing contact with people who are non-verbal or in a real old cognitive pickle.
” (Healthcare Support Worker) In my experience as an inpatient, there are few people on acute admission wards who wouldn’t benefit from (nor be willing to attend) therapy, and particularly as the time to return home gets closer.
The vital factor is that the therapy is suitably low-key and the therapist warm, personable, sensitive and very flexible.
They offer a tantalising model for embracing psychotherapy as a core treatment tool.
In some TCs, people with various longstanding emotional problems spend time and engage in therapy together in an organised and structured way, without drugs or self-damaging behaviour, so that a new life in outside society is made possible.I’ve been incredibly fortunate that I’ve been able to continue to have my weekly therapy sessions with my psychiatrist when I’m in hospital.No need to drive to the appointment like usual, I can just shuffle the 100 yards n my slippers. : Unfortunately, there is relatively little known about the benefits, or otherwise, of psychotherapy for acute in-patients.More in-depth, potentially unsettling, longer-term therapy is possible on a rehab ward, for example, while solution focused therapy can be very helpful with many patients on acute admission wards.Here it’s likely to be less about coherent narratives, insights etc and more about the other valuable aspects of therapy – therapeutic alliance, feeling heard, supported and respected even if not fully understood etc.It’s tempting, almost common sense, to think it can only be a good thing.