What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can seem like a daunting endeavour but put simply, it involves sitting down with another person, usually weekly and usually in the same place each week for 50 minutes per session. During the sessions you and the therapist can talk through various issues, sometimes current and sometimes past ones, in order to help gain clarity and access to other potential choices available to you.
It is through forming a potentially healing relationship between the two people that can help lead to positive changes in the life of the client and is the catalyst for working through other enduring problems.
Talking to a non-judgmental person who is not involved in the rest of your life can provide the space necessary to think through issues that may feel ‘stuck’ in your personal relationships and other areas, such as in the workplace.
It is a confidential and private service and can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
I believe that psychotherapy can help all of us with our own personal growth and inner development that in turn can lead to a more fulfilling life and healthier relationships throughout.
Why go to psychotherapy?
People turn to psychotherapy for all sorts of reasons and there is no right or wrong reason or time for doing so. It can offer a space whereby it is possible to work through issues or blocks that might be affecting your life. Perhaps an event has triggered a difficult time for you or you simply feel that you’re not living in a way that is in line with your beliefs and values. Whatever the reason, psychotherapy can support the process of reflection and exploration of your current situation and of the choices available to you.
Types of things psychotherapy can help you with
Although the term existential psychotherapy may sounds confusing, in practice it’s pretty straightforward. It means working psychotherapeutically in the ‘here and now’ with whatever issues or ideas arise during the sessions- whether they are broad challenges around human existence or more specific concerns about your life and the everyday intricacies within it.
I work on a very client-led dynamic and believe that you are your own best expert – I am simply there to help you explore your relationship to your life and the people in it. It is a creative and collaborative process which I believe can be extremely fruitful and rewarding.
Act stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is an approach to psychotherapy that draws on techniques from both the Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behaviour camps. It can help to focus on your own values which in turn can lead to greater clarity; from broad life choices to small decisions about how we live our daily lives. It is something which we can incorporate into your therapy should you wish to.
ABA stands for Applied Behaviour Analysis and utilises the principles of Behavioural therapy to analyse behaviour function and learning. Through the application of ABA I may be able to help with a child’s behavioural difficulties, it is a particularly well researched approach with regard to teaching skills to those on the autistic spectrum.
Please see the link to another project the ‘Teaching and Learning Collaboration’ for more details on this and what we can offer (UK based) http://www.thetlc.org/