All About Psychosocial Factors and How They Relate to Mental Health Problems

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What are Psychosocial Factors in Mental Health?

Psychosocial phenomena are those factors which take into consideration the interactions between SOCIAL and individual PSYCHOLOGY.

We are all governed by psychological processes such as thoughts, feelings and meanings and all of us live in a social context.

A social context is any environment in which other people co-exist

These social contexts can be highly influential and are instrumental in shaping the way we live and make sense of our experiences.

Unlike the governing rules of physics and biology, however, the social rules and regulations are human constructs and vary across different cultures.

Overall, psychosocial approaches argue that we cannot fully understand psychological processes without recognising the influence of the social context.

Psychosocial Therapy Approaches

Psychosocial therapy is any form of mental health counselling that takes into consideration social factors in the creation of your mental health problems.

This contrasts with the biomedical models of mental illness which seek to emphasise biological pathology.

Consequently, psychosocial approaches place greater emphasis on what has happened to you and how you have made sense of what happened.

Additionally, recent developments in clinical psychology which stress the importance of psychosocial factors have resulted in the development of the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF).

Accordingly, we adopt this psychosocial perspective when helping you recover from your problems.

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Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from any of your mental health problems using a psychosocial form of counselling, then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular issues and the different types of mental health counselling we offer without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.

The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.

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Applied Psychology Solutions

If you’d like to learn how to overcome mental health problems but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences with the CORE Programme.

If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?

Then why not see if you can solve your own problems using our comprehensive, Online Self-Help CBT course.


Written especially for people who prefer not to engage with a therapist before doing everything they can to overcome their problems.

Mirroring our in-house course of CBT, it contains everything that you need to know to tackle mental health challenges for only £149.

Counselling Locations

We offer psychosocial therapy for mental health problems for people living in:

  • Wombourne
  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Shropshire
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury

You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.