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What are common Behavioural roadblocks? And how to overcome them.

Creating new ways to respond to difficult situations and environments isn’t an easy path. There’s a lot of ground work to be done, sometimes you have to dig really deep to be completely open to the changes therapy pathways can unlock. However, it is often more than just a case of not wanting to face some personal flaws. Behavioural roadblocks are typically much deeper than that. So, we thought we’d share what these roadblocks are so that you can see you are not alone, and that there are ways to take control of your life in a meaningful way. 

Roadblock: “I have lived a hard life, so I respond in ways that protect myself” 

The road to a tough demeanor is often paved with a tough life, and one that you didn’t initially choose. Experiences can chip away at you while equally building up a wall to hide behind. Sometimes that turns into responses to situations that are aggressive, or regressive. Both can create hurdles that stop you from living the life you want to live. 

How to work on it

Using the tools and techniques from professional therapists, a personalised plan can get to the core of the issue. A hard life is something you cannot change, but it’s also not something you need to be holding on your shoulders your whole life. It might take time, as a lot of the best outcomes do, but it is possible to peel back the burdens of the past to move forward in more constructive ways. 

Roadblock: “I feel like the world is against me”

Patients of intergenerational trauma, cultural misunderstandings or socioeconomic constraints often feel like the world is set up against them. In some ways, there is a larger truth to this. It can feel like, no matter how hard you try, you’re pushing a boulder up a hill.

How to work on it

While there exists truth in systemic inequality, there is also another truth: the only thing you have the power to change, at least as a first step, is yourself. The world may have dealt you a hand that you feel is rough, but we work closely with you to show you there is a way to self determination, empowerment and change. A good way to begin that journey is to first tweak your mindset of your power. You are not powerless to change, and there are tried and tested ways to break through negative cycles and even use that newfound power to help others find a way out.

Roadblock: “My mental health feels stronger than my ability to manage it”

Mental health issues can feel all-encompassing, and controlling. This feeling can make it seem like there is no way of escaping your own thoughts and feelings, and the behaviours that can develop because of them. 

How to work on it

Sometimes a mental health diagnosis does need a medicated solution, and that is a viable option for sufferers. However, for a lot of people, behavioural therapy is a more cost effective way to achieve a greater outcome in managing these issues. If your mental health is manageable, there are tools to harness its power and create a more positive future. 

The techniques that can be learned are things such as tools that get your brain to focus on something tactile, like your fingertips, when a panic attack begins to develop. Or, breathing techniques if you feel aggression rising. Working with a skilled therapist will teach you how to make productive behaviours louder than your mental health issue in highly effective ways.

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