What you can get out of counselling or psychotherapy?

There can be many reasons for thinking about therapy.
You may find yourself experiencing difficulties with important aspects of your life, with your partner, work, or family. You may be suffering depression or anxiety, a sense of emptiness or worthlessness, or a growing recognition that you're just not coping.
You may just feel that even though you can and do cope, you shouldn't always have to. You may feel, for example, that while your relationships with your work or partner or family are adequate, they're not fulfilling. You may even recognise patterns in the way these relationships don't work.
You may just be interested in finding out more about how you have been affected by your life in ways which influence your choices now; you may want to realise new aspects of yourself. You may find a way of learning about yourself, healing yourself, and enjoying yourself, all at the same time.

The importance of finding the right therapist

Therapy works best if both the therapist and the person coming for therapy feel comfortable enough to build a relationship within the therapy which is mutually accepting and genuine on both sides. With a therapist committed to that goal, it is possible for the client to begin to imagine safety, to begin to imagine trust, to begin to imagine change.

What are the specific benefits of Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy would be more appropriate where you want to look at longer-term patterns of difficulty, and generally want to become more self-aware. Your relationship with your therapist is central: it will reflect the way you relate in your life outside the session, and enable you to start to understand and change your patterns if you want to.

We all approach the world from choices based on decisions made in early life. These were appropriate at the time, but now constrain our freedom in relationship and can damage our health. In psychotherapy client and therapist work at uncovering these early choices and, where appropriate, exploring new possibilities.

Psychotherapy is usually once a week (exceptionally twice) and sessions are for an hour.