What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental challenges and emotional difficulties. It could help eliminate or control troubling symptoms, with a view to the person being able to function better and increase well-being and healing.
Psychosexual psychotherapy is aimed at helping couples and individuals talk about their lives, their sexual issues/dysfunctions and preferences in order to resolve specific sexual problems. Some people refer to this as sex therapy.
Couples psychotherapy can help when a relationship is in crisis (after an affair, for example).
Both partners talk in confidence to a therapist to explore what has gone wrong in the relationship and how to change things for the better. It can help couples learn more about each other’s needs and communicate better.
Before beginning therapy, an Initial Consultation of 90 minutes is offered to establish the needs of the person. Psychotherapy may not be for everyone so this will determine the goals sought as well as understanding what brought the person to therapy. Some preliminary information will be taken on both personal and family history.
I offer individual and couples therapy.
Therapy sessions are held on an agreed day and time, once-weekly for 50 minutes and these are the secured times for the person in therapy and are not offered to anyone else. Because of this, missed sessions are payable in full, unless the practice is closed.
Both parties need to be actively involved in psychotherapy. The trust and relationship between a person and their therapist is essential to working together effectively and benefitting from the work.
This is a confidential environment and provides a secure place to better understand oneself. Sessions are either in-person or delivered via Google Meets.
Does Psychotherapy Work?
Research shows that most people who receive psychotherapy experience symptom relief and are better able to function in their lives.
About 75 percent of people who enter psychotherapy show some benefit from it*. Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviours and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body. (A.P. A.)
*American Psychological Association. Understanding psychotherapy and how it works. 2016. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx