Importance of Psychotherapy Towards Promotion of Mental Wellness in Africa


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The issue of mental health affects everyone, particularly wellness of life such as emotional stability and stress free among others. Contextually, most African countries are beleaguered by poverty, wars, terrorism, insecurity and superstition leading to emotional distress, trauma, malnutrition, substance abuse, and other psychological problems. Therefore, provision of psychotherapy and its importance cannot be overemphasized, as it is essential for promoting mental wellness in the face of accumulated tension, which if not taken care of would lead to many illnesses. Example at hand is the aftermath of the just concluded political election in Nigeria, which have left many vulnerable that include loss of loved ones amidst myriad of other psychological problems. Accordingly, this paper wishes to survey the numerous contributions psychotherapy would make towards the development of mental wellness in African, using Nigeria as a case study, particularly in the form of providing advocacy for relaxation and stress management. Hence, data collected from 10 counsellors-in-training would be used as evidence-base narratives to support integration of psycho-therapeutic intervention to daily experiences of life aimed at achieving greater wellness of life.




  • Ezeakor, Adolphus I.
    Department of Psychology,
    Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University,
    Igbariam, Anambra State,
  • Okpala, Michael
    Department of Psychology,
    Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
  • Ebere, Anastasia. T.
    College of Education,
    Veritas University, Abuja
  • Eze, Chika
    College of Education,
    Veritas University, Abuja

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