Psychotherapy is a type of therapy that aims to alleviate psychological distress by talking. It has proved helpful in addressing several issues such as:
- generalised anxiety
- relationship issues
- affairs and betrayals
- separation and divorce
- anger management
- family issues
- seasonal affective disorder
- emotional abuse
- career counselling
- sexual abuse
- low self-esteem
- suicide and suicidal thoughts
Psychotherapy can help us to understand our problems better, identify our motivations for our behaviour and find ways to cope with our distress.
It does this by exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and events both present and in the past. The psychotherapist is trained to make links and spot patterns of behaviour that might be causing the distress. They are able to ask the best questions to bring the right issues to light. They might also help bring to light different options for moving forward. This is done in a safe, structured environment at a pace that is suitable for the client.
Can we start with counselling and move to psychotherapy?
Yes, and this is very common with clients. You might come in to talk about one issue but realise that that is not actually your main concern, or that it sparks off thoughts about other areas in your life you want to look at.
Can we start off with just a few sessions and see how it goes?
Yes, signing up to long term psychotherapy can be daunting so it makes sense to try it out first. We can contract to meet for perhaps 6 sessions to begin with and agree to review our work after those sessions.