What is therapy and how can it help?
Both counselling and psychotherapy are used to treat people who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress. The two terms are often used interchangeably however there are sometimes differences to the context in which they are used as outlined below. I also use psychotherapy concepts for personal development work. In practice, I use a blend of whichever approach I think will be most helpful to you at that time.
How I work with you …
You are in control at all times and we will work at your pace.
As a ‘psychodynamic’ therapist I work with the psychological and emotional processes that influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. These processes are often deep rooted, sometimes beyond our conscious awareness. They usually develop as a result of our life experiences often, but not always, from our early years. This approach can be thought of as ‘reflective therapy’.
Through talking about life events, exploring your thoughts and feelings, or perhaps interpreting your dreams, we can identify consistent patterns, that you may not be aware of. We can understand why you think, feel and behave in the way you do. This enables us to go beyond the surface symptoms and deal with the underlying root cause. We can help you to learn from this and, if you want to, change.