Psychotherapy is a way of helping you to get to know and understand yourself and to work through your difficulties. By exploring experiences and relationships from your past you can come to see how these are affecting the way you live your life. At the same time we can look together at your present life and see how you would like things to change in the future.
An important part of the process is building a relationship of trust and openness with the therapist. Through this you are able to revisit the past which may be causing repeated behaviour patterns or difficulties. Together we can look at ways to try and change both your thinking and actions so that past mistakes and damaging behaviours are not repeated. Through a deeper understanding of why you respond in certain ways you can try to move towards a different future.
Sometimes there is a specific event that triggers a problem, sometimes worries are more deeply rooted. We will explore in our first meeting whether your needs are better suited to shorter term counselling (perhaps 8 to 12 weeks) or more in depth ongoing weekly sessions of psychotherapy. We will review how things are going on a regular basis.
Some of the problems we may be able to help with are:
- Feelings of stress and anxiety
- Lack of confidence or self-esteem
- Feelings of depression or emptiness
- Relationship difficulties
- Work-related problems
- Bereavement and major life changes
- Eating disorders
- Family worries, conflicts and crises
- Sexual issues
- Recovery from trauma and abuse
- Phobias and panic attacks
To all our work we bring our particular female experience and perspective. Together we can help you make sense of what is happening to you and explore how you can change things.
The aim of therapy is to realise your potential for recovery, growth and lasting change, and the therapeutic relationship with your therapist is the means of achieving this.