What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a deeper process which happens over a longer time-span and addresses patterns developed in the past, often established early on in life. Psychotherapy aims to help gain insight into our difficulties or distress, establishing a greater understanding of our motivation, and enabling us to find more appropriate ways of managing or to bring about changes in our thinking and behaviour.

Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured and safe environment.

I offer Transactional Analysis (TA) psychotherapy, to help people with long-standing difficulties, sharing the theory to aid understanding and to guide my interventions. In this model, difficulties in the present are seen to result from decisions made in the past to cope with experiences. These coping strategies may no longer be helpful in the 'here-and-now' and new decisions can be made which will be more supportive.

We are multi-faceted beings, living through complex experiences, yet our needs are simple - to be respected, to be accepted for who we are, to be loved.

It is my experience that a supportive therapeutic relationship can help us to meet some of these needs.

A therapeutic relationship can't change the past, but it can support us to come to terms with the experiences we have had and can make a difference to our future.

Therapeutic process: I carry out an initial assessment interview to see if we both feel we can work together. We then discuss if you wish to proceed. We regularly review the progress of the therapy and we jointly decide whether further sessions will be helpful. If we cannot work together, wherever possible I will assist you by providing alternative contacts.

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