Can therapy help?
All of us experience difficult emotions at times in our lives, but sometimes we feel unable to cope alone. This may be in response to a life event, such as the death of a loved one, a relationship break-up, or it may be a more general feeling of sadness or anxiety that has been around for some time.
Making the decision to see a therapist isn’t an easy one. It takes courage, can be painful and demands emotional and financial commitment. However, it can be a life-changing experience and one well worth the effort.
The list below isn’t exhaustive, but it gives you an idea of the kind of issues I can help you address.
Depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood and social withdrawal)
Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
Phobias and fears
Trauma (including PTSD from accidents, rape and other attacks)
Workplace issues (stress, work-life balance)
How does therapy work?
How to choose
There are many different kinds of therapy but at the heart of all successful therapies is a strong, reliable and robust relationship with your therapist. It’s important that you feel comfortable with me and are able to be honest about how you are feeling – even when that feels painful or difficult.
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy which is a less intensive form of psychoanalysis. It uses similar techniques, but aims to find quicker solutions to more immediate problems. We will talk about your personal relationships and the thoughts you have about other people. I’ll encourage you to discuss the past as well as the present.
Sooner or later, you may find yourself thinking about your childhood, as this is such a formative period. However, this certainly isn’t the essential point of psychotherapy. The aim is to address what is happening now in your mental life, consciously and unconsciously, and in your relationships. So the present and the future are far more important than the past for the past’s sake. Even so, exploring your memories and feelings about your childhood can help you to identify links between past events and how you think, act and feel now.
Therapy usually takes place once a week at the same time and lasts for 50 mins. It can be open-ended or for a fixed period depending upon the type and extent of the difficulties you bring.
For more information about how psychodynamic psychotherapy works click here