What is therapy and how can it help?
Talking therapies are used to help people experiencing psychological and emotional distress to understand themselves better, change self-limiting behaviours and lead happier, more satisfying lives. The overall objective is to promote and develop psychological health and wellbeing.
The terms psychotherapy and counselling are often used interchangeably however there are sometimes differences to the context in which they are used. There are also several different ‘modalities’ offered and this is based on the theoretical orientation and training of the therapist. To keep it simple, I offer three basic approaches:
Time Limited Counselling
This is usually appropriate for a single or predominant issue or in response to a recent event. Examples might include a particular work or relationship issue, bereavement, redundancy, stress and anxiety about current events etc. We will agree a specific goal or desired outcome and work towards that over 12 once-weekly sessions, taking into account any known absences.
This is more appropriate for longer-term, recurrent or deeper problems such as depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, life-stage crises etc. We will meet for once-weekly sessions for as long as you need to. We will explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the context of your life experience to help you to understand yourself better, how you interact with others and how you make sense of the world. The insights that you gain from this work can help you to make positive and lasting changes.
Talking therapies are not just helpful for dealing with problems; they are also useful as a catalyst for personal growth. This approach uses dynamic psychotherapeutic technique, but with more of a coaching slant. Working on your objectives, one-to-one, with a highly trained, professional psychotherapist can lead to increased self-awareness and insight, helping you to improve confidence, develop emotional resilience, become more effective at work and in your personal relationships and release unrealised potential.
Please be aware that whichever approach we take will require commitment on both sides and will be most effective when supported by a strong routine and structure. This means that we will meet regularly for 50 minutes each week, at the same place and at the same time, for as long as you find it helpful and subject to regular reviews.
How I will work with you …
My approach is contemporary and realistic. You are in control at all times. We always work at your pace. We simply sit and talk about whatever you want to talk about and I will listen and offer insights to help you, based on my knowledge and experience and using whichever approach I think is best for you at that moment.
As a ‘psychodynamic’ psychotherapist 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. It is for this reason that the psychodynamic approach is sometimes referred to as ‘reflective therapy’.
Through talking about your thoughts and feelings and identifying 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.