What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can provide you with the support and safety of a therapeutic relationship where you can explore and change unhealthy patterns developed in childhood and work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way. In the words of Goff Barrett-Lennard, 'psychotherapy is the passage from woundedness to hope'.
During your first session(s) with me, I will encourage you to talk about yourself and your story and where you currently find yourself. I will also ask you about your needs and goals for therapy and collaborate with you to draw up a treatment plan that aims to meet your needs. I believe that it is important that you feel comfortable and in control of the direction in which you will be heading and I will treat your wishes with respect and discretion
Everyone works at a different pace, psychotherapy usually takes place over a period of weeks or months depending on how things go and appointments are usually weekly particularly at the outset.
How Does Psychotherapy Work?
Psychotherapy is most effective when, in the safety and trustfulness of a therapeutic relationship, you are able to experience who you really are without judgements, from either others or your own inner critic. With support, encouragement and a growing understanding you will:
-Explore negative moods and thoughts, find short term and longer term coping strategies.
-Work at rewriting painful memories such that they still exist but no longer have the power to hurt you.
-Practice newly learnt coping skills in a safe, nurturing environment.
-Unlearn unhealthy thinking patterns and replace them with healthy thinking patterns.
-See yourself in a more positive and clear way.
-Express pent up feelings harbored for many years.
-Work to understand why current events seem to trigger unpleasant emotions that belong more in the past, explore those emotions and find closure which will free you to live more healthily.
Thus the toxic influence of the past will diminish allowing a greater sense of your true adult self to emerge enabling you to resolve the problem or crisis you are facing.
"Our work together will be practical, lively, experiential and solution focussed. Yes we will talk, and we will also notice what other experiences are most effective for you. I like to use poetry, readings, mood charts, breathing and relaxation techniques, and suggestions for what you can also work on between sessions. Journaling for example. We will go at your pace and discover what will be most effective for you at this point in your life. Together we will devise appropriate short-term practical coping strategies as a stop gap while we begin the deeper work that offers opportunity for healing and positive and lasting change."