Used to treat a range of emotional problems, psychotherapy involves us working on a one to one basis, to look deeper into problems, worries and troublesome behaviours that you may have. Psychotherapy is usually a talking therapy. I tend too use humanistic approaches, counselling skills and evidence based therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy. We can also use music, art and drama to help you should you find this helpful. Sessions usually last for 60 minutes and you usually meet weekly with your therapist.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a treatment based on a combination of cognitive therapy and behavioural psychotherapy.
Cognitive therapy explores ways your thoughts and beliefs may be causing emotional problems. As your therapist, I will discuss these issues with you so you can try to develop more helpful ways of thinking to allow you to overcome your problems.
Behavioural psychotherapy involves finding ways to help you change the way you act. It’s often used to overcome a specific fear or phobia by encouraging you to gradually face these fears and help you relax and feel comfortable as you do it.
During CBT, we will agree on tasks for you to do in between sessions. This will help you deal with problems yourself so you no longer need therapy.
CBT is usually aimed at a specific problem and the courses are often brief, typically involving 6 to 20 sessions.
CBT can be used for depression, anxiety disorders, overcoming difficulties, negative thinking, low self- esteem, stress, fears and much more
Humanistic therapies encourage you to explore how you think about yourself and recognise your strengths. The aim is to help you think about yourself more positively and improve your self-awareness.
There are a several types of humanistic therapies, which are described below.
- person-centred counselling – a non-judgmental approach where you can feel comfortable talking about yourself and are able to see that you have the ability to change. Together we will try to look at your experiences from your point of view.
- Gestalt therapy – taking a holistic approach, focusing on your experiences, thoughts, feelings and actions to help improve your self-awareness. This type of therapy often involves activities such as writing or role-playing.
- transactional analysis – exploring together how the problems in your life may have been shaped by decisions and teachings from childhood. we will work together to help you find ways to break away from these unconscious repetitive patterns of thinking and behaving.
- transpersonal psychology – encourages you to explore who you really are as a person. It often involves using techniques such as meditation and visualisation.
- existential therapy – helps to increase your self-awareness and make sense of your existence. Existential therapy is not too concerned with your past, but instead focuses on the choices to be made in the present and future.
I often find that using a combination of therapeutic approaches suits my clients best, I will advise this with you upon consultation.
Therapy sessions are usually carried out weekly, although can be fortnightly or monthly can be arranged if you prefer.
Therapy sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home, through walk and talk sessions or in my practice setting.