Personality is part fixed and part flexible, so we can make adjustments here and there. In challenging times, leaving – or being forced to leave – our comfort zones creates a sense of insecurity and undermines self-confidence. There comes a point when we start to feel stuck, unable to move forward, and we increasingly desire change, progress and development. Dr Robertson believes it’s the right time to find support in conversation therapy with the aim of restoring stability and confidence or to make lasting life changes.
‘When people come to Park Igls for conversational therapy during or after a life crisis, the first thing we psychologists do is create a stress-free space for them so that we can talk in confidence and trust. These conversations alone are often highly effective in relieving anxiety. Our focus is on the here and now. Targeted mindfulness and deep relaxation exercises help our clients identify new resources or recognise and nurture existing ones. Quite often, unknown perspectives open up to them, and they discover other aspects of themselves. In turn this can broadens horizons, fosters curiosity, and draws attention to the positives.’
For Blasbichler, conversation therapy is about being present, listening, and working with the client to identify options. Effective measures include finding coping strategies, acquiring stress management skills, learning relaxation exercises, encouraging self-efficacy and increased social contact.