What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy aims to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of what keeps these unhelpful ‘patterns’ in place, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping and bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant life events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely. Depending on the nature of your problem, therapy can be short or long term. Sessions can be provided for adults, adolescents and children on a one-to-one basis, or for couples, families and within groups whose members share similar problems.
What happens during psychotherapy?
Every session is different because every client is different, as are their problems. Your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk and explore, in a structured way, about your feelings and experiences. Depending on their training and modality, your therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration – for example, using art, imaging, dream or movement work. Whatever the technique or clinical approach, psychotherapy is not a magical cure, it is a process to help you find the capacity for improvement within yourself.