What is Psychotherapy?

Psychoterapy is a general term used to describe several forms of talking therapies that treat psychological disorders and mental distress. 

 

During psychotherapy, the trained psychotherapist helps a client tackle a specific or general problem or issue such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress.  Some people also seek therapy because they feel they need support with something, and that support is not available to them elsewhere. There may, for example, be diffficult or unexplained feelings and thoughts - or a life transition of some sort - which need a calm, safe and more objective and gradual exploration than is possible through friends and family (in particular if the issue involves friends and family).  In short, you do not need to have a specific 'problem' to benefit from therapy.

 

Depending on the approach used by the

therapist, a wide range of techniques and

strategies can be used. However, almost all

types of psychotherapy involve developing

a therapeutic relationship, communicating

and creating a dialogue and working to over-

come problematic thoughts or behaviors.

 

 

I can help with

Anxiety and anxiety attacks

- including anxiety problems such as post-traumatic stress,

obsessive-compulsive problems, general anxiety and social anxiety

Panic attacks and panic problems

Phobias, such as eg. fear of flying

Depression and low mood

(including peri-natal depression)

Traumatic events and PTSD symptoms

Body image, body dysmorphia and eating disorder issues

Guilt, shame and anger feelings

Relationship difficulties, separation and divorce

Adolescent and family problems (individuals only)

The impact of cancer or other illness on life

Low self-esteem and feelings of being stuck in life

Addiction to drugs or alcohol, gambling or hoarding

Abuse: sexual, physical and emotional

Fertility issues, abortion, and loss of a baby or a child

Bereavement, grief and loss

Personal growth and development

What I do

My practice is integrative.  This means that I can draw on several theoretical and practical approaches to best help you with your specific issue.  We decide together how we will work.  

 

Here are examples of approaches I might suggest:

 

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) - is about opening up to become more flexible to life (eg. coping better), and learning to live according to your values and what is important to you. ACT involves behaviour analysis and mindfulness and exposure exercises. 

 

  • Person-centred counselling - focuses on the nature of the dynamic between client and therapist and its relevance to the client's other relationships, rather than a structured session approach. Person-centred counselling provides an opportunity to acquire a stronger sense of self, and is mainly lead by the client her/himself with the therapist making observations and facilitating insight.

 

  • Psycho-dynamic psychotherapy - addresses the unconscious content of a person's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychological tension. It has its roots in psychoanalysis. It too gives much weight to the relationship between client and therapist.

 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - helps you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave through structured therapy sessions, with psycho-education and exercises  involved, and in-between-session work required.

 

  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) - prioritizes learning to pay attention or concentrate with purpose, in each moment and most importantly, without judgment. Through mindfulness, clients can recognize that holding onto some feelings is ineffective and mentally destructive.