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Psychotherapy

What is Psychotherapy ?

Sometimes it is possible to feel too overwhelmed to deal with problems. Depression, anxiety, serious illness, relationship problems, bereavement, low self-esteem and stress can be debilitating and isolating. Psychotherapy can help you to work through these problems and live a happier, healthier and more productive life. There are several different approaches in psychotherapy, including Cognitive-Behaviour-Therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Psychodynamic and more. All of these can be used to help individuals to work through problems. Therapists may combine different approaches to provide a personal treatment.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process – based on the Therapist and the Individual working together to find solutions. This is often called the Therapeutic Alliance. It is important that you participate in your therapy, taking an active role, by asking questions, making observations and providing feedback. You will notice your reactions, behaviours and thinking between sessions, using this information in therapy.  This helps you to identify thinking patterns and behaviours which may be affecting your wellbeing.

Why Should I consider Psychotherapy?

Many people are nervous about the idea of going to ‘Therapy’. They may have misconceptions about what is involved. Some issues may be short-term which require just a few sessions. Other issues such as depression, anger, anxiety or panic attacks may take a longer time to address. Treatment is very individual and each person responds in their own way. The therapeutic space provides an objective, confidential, neutral and non-judgemental environment where you can talk openly and feel supported. Some signs that Psychotherapy may be helpful to you are;

  • You have prolonged feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression.
  • You do not feel better by talking to friends and family.
  • You may have difficulty concentrating, sleeping or with work/family life.
  • You are constantly worried, or feeling on edge.
  • You may be using alcohol or drugs to try to feel better.
  • Family, friends or work colleagues may be worried about your behaviour.

 

The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach:

  • Our Thoughts affect our Feelings & Behaviour
  • CBT is a problem-specific, goal oriented approach
  • Helps to identify Automatic, unhelpful thinking
  • Provides understanding about past experiences
  • Develops awareness of thinking & mood patterns
  • Establishes attainable goals
  • Reduces avoidance behaviour
  • Helps you to address a negative mindset