It is well acknowledged that being a therapist is a challenging yet rewarding career. Most therapists get great satisfaction knowing that they are making a difference to people’s lives. However, working as a therapist can take its toll mentally.
The profession has been put under increased strain in recent years due to the challenging landscape of mental health care. Pressure to improve productivity and meet targets for recovery means that therapists are expected to take on bigger caseloads, while in many cases they are facing pay cuts.
Findings from the British Psychological Society and New Savoy staff wellbeing survey in 2015 show that 70% of psychological professionals say they are finding their jobs stressful. 46% of those surveyed report depression. Almost half report feeling that they are a failure, while a quarter consider they now have a long-term, chronic condition.
The government’s increased access targets and target of parity of esteem agenda is no doubt an ambitious way to improve mental health care as a service. However, there also needs to be an increased capacity of staff, as well as improvements in caring for staff wellbeing. With so many psychological professionals reporting mental health problems themselves, the government’s targets are more likely to be achieved if staff wellbeing is given a high priority.
Alternative therapy – is this the future for therapists?
ieso’s new model of working enables therapists to work flexibly. Therapists can organise their workload around their lifestyle, making time for family leisure and hobbies. Training is provided in a supportive and collaborative way.
Therapists who work with ieso report that therapy is not emotionally draining in the same way as conventional therapy. While therapists are still able to build therapeutic relationships and the compassion and desire to help patients remains the same, therapists report that they find it more emotionally sustainable.
This may be because therapists are able to take appointments at times that suit them, and because they can do it in their home environment, or somewhere comfortable and convenient, making it easier to wind down after sessions.
With ieso, treatment pans and goals are personal and tailored in order to help the therapist give the best possible support. ieso supervisors are extremely supportive in terms of the therapist’s objectives, enabling people to be more open and learn through their experiences. Supervision and targets are set with an underpinning philosophy which supports the belief that therapists want to do a good job and help their patients.
To find out more about becoming an ieso therapist, call Sarah Bateup on 01954 230 066 or visit www.iesohealth.com/recruitment.