Therapy has traditionally involved leaving your house to speak to a professional, before evolving over lockdown to take place virtually in the comfort of your own home.
Now it is taking another twist, with the world’s first therapy subscription box.
This means, if talking is not your thing, then you can learn to boost wellbeing solo.
Therapy Unboxed is proud to present six different self-help kits, all with different focuses such as feelings, thoughts, or beliefs and behaviours.
The brainchild of counselling and psychotherapy master’s student, Maxine Grundy, she wanted to create a tool to help people truly get to grips with how the mind works.
Speaking about her invention, Maxine said: “How often have you said, ‘I’m just having a bad day, week, month, or even year?’ But is that really true? And why do you feel that way?
“You’ll be relieved to hear you’re not entirely to blame. Your brain is wired to pay more attention to negative emotions than positive ones, this is a survival mechanism from thousands of years ago.”
Maxine continued: “We tend to overgeneralise too. We experience an event a couple of times and decide it’s always going to be like that.
“We also ignore any experiences that challenge or contradict how we feel; it makes us forget about the good times.”
Maxine says that by increasing awareness of what we’re feeling and why, it can help us to spot patterns, identify triggers, and most importantly set goals to regain control.
Inside the boxes, there are an array of activities, including a guide on where emotions come from that explains why we experience them and what influences them.
As a taster, one of the items is the I’ve Got A Feeling deck of 40 cards covering a range of positive and negative feelings that can help you explore and understand your emotions.
Here at InspoDaily, we’re fans of The Feel-Lings, a set of six soft toys with different expressions to help start a conversation or show others how you’re feeling without having to say it out loud.
If you’ve ever seen the Pixar movie Inside Out, they’re like a real-life version of the characters.
There is also a Wheel of Feels, a tracker to record and analyse how you feel on a daily basis.
The boxes strive to help people get to the root of their issue without having to spend large amounts of money on therapy sessions before they even find out what the problem is.
Maxine said: “The idea with these boxes is to help people identify what the root cause is, what the issues are, and what about their life they want to work on.
“By the end, they will either resolve it themselves because the self-help has helped, or they would be in a position where, if they went to face-to-face counselling, they will know what they want to work on and do so rather than spending money on figuring it out.”
While the subscriptions do not profess to replace the concept of counselling, they can complement it or even be sufficient for self-aware people who are in tune with their emotions.
In addition to the boxes, Maxine also offers face-to-face counselling for those in Manchester or phone/video call sessions for people outside the area.
For more info, click here: Therapy Unboxed.