Improve your therapeutic alliance & outcomes by understanding and addressing alexithymia
Have you ever had an “unproductive” client unable to engage with the question “How do you feel?” on an emotional level?
They might’ve had alexithymia, the most overlooked emotional health problem defined as difficulty identifying, regulating and communicating feelings.
Up to 50% of people diagnosed with a mental disorder are alexithymic. Research has also shown that 50% of people going to therapy don’t respond to treatment.
It's not a coincidence - studies have associated alexithymia with unfavorable outcomes in psychotherapy.
In our user research, we’ve heard many stories of alexithymics wandering from one therapist to another not feeling understood, because they don’t speak the language of emotions.
Unfortunately, most professionals are not aware of alexithymia, and so it is not being screened. And even if it is recognized, most professionals aren’t trained to work with alexithymic patients.
That’s why we decided to build Animi - an evidence-based app dedicated to improving alexithymia. Think of it as “Duolingo for Emotions” - teaching the language of emotions.
But since clients are only one side of the relationship, we're also working on training materials - like a Continuing Education (CE) course about alexithymia - aimed at educating professionals and giving them the tools to make a difference in their practice.
If you're interested, leave us your email and we'll let you know when it's ready.