Meet the Therapist: Jouni Ripattila
What attracted you to become a therapist?
To have a meaningful career, and use my experience to help others.
Where did you train?
With Marisa Peer in London UK, to become an RTT therapist and hypnotherapist.
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
RTT - Rapid Transformational Therapy - combines effective techniques from NLP, CBT, hypnotherapy, and psychotherapy, producing a transformative effect through trance, regression, and hypnotic conditioning. From my clients’ point of view, it means less time and money spent on therapy to achieve the change they are looking for. To me as a therapist it means that every time I start a session with my client I know they will leave feeing much better they did before. These results are what makes me enjoy my work so much.
How does RTT help with symptoms of anxiety?
It quickly dives into the root cause of the anxiety and starts straight away working on the unconscious beliefs, feelings and thought patterns, interrupting and changing them to more powerful ones. This will cause the anxious feeling to start dissolving, freeing my client to feel good about himself again.
What sort of people do you usually see?
Men, typically 35-55 years old, from all walks of life, also many small and medium sized business owners. The most common issues I deal with are depression, anxiety and relationship issues. A part of my work is about suicide prevention as many of my depressed clients are about to give up when they come to me. I enjoy working with them because I see the results so quickly, and it’s very important work, especially during these times we are experiencing globally right now where mental health issues are skyrocketing.
What do you like about being a therapist?
In today’s world being a therapist is such an important job, so I’m happy and proud about the impact I can have. Meeting people is also great; after all our clients are human beings just like us and every time I work with someone I learn from him. As I work for myself, I also get to choose my own projects, direction and working days and hours which is great.
What is less pleasant?
When a client decides to give up before we even get started with the process. Luckily, that doesn’t happen often. Also, some admin things around running a business.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I only joined very recently so I can’t say yet. Everything seems very clear and well organised.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
If there is one person whose work I often suggest that would be Dr Joe Dispenza. His work compliments many of my clients’ personal journeys. His books, workshops and audios are great. Becoming Supernatural is an example of his books to read.
What you do for your own mental health?
Therapy sessions with colleagues. Working on my own growth, blocks and any stress that comes up. My partner helps with that a lot. I meditate and go through certain routines every day to keep my mind calm, focused, and productive. I enjoy listening and watching any self-development material. The work never stops no matter how good a therapist you think you are.
You are a therapist in Chelsea, London. What can you share with us about seeing clients in that area?
At the moment, as all work is done online, the client base is spread around UK, Ireland, and Northern Europe. But men as clients, are slower to get to commit to therapy and take the first step. I often see a lot of procrastination, last minute cancellations etc due to shame. But once we get started, they are great! Men really can open up, bring their feelings out, and rebuild themselves.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
That there is nothing to be nervous about, it is teamwork between the therapist and the client. And that you do not need lifelong therapy, good therapy can help quickly and help you to move forward independently. So just take the leap and go for it!
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
That no matter how good I think I am professionally I still have my own wirings and unconscious blocks that I keep finding, removing, and working on. It’s an ongoing growth journey to embrace. And the depth of my own personal work is an indicator how far I can take my clients. That’s so super important to understand!