Psychotherapy offers a confidential opportunity to talk about whatever is on your mind with an experienced, non-judgmental listener who is well trained in recognising emotional patterns and maladaptive relationships. Finding explanations in terms that are relevant and useful to the individual, therapy becomes a reflective conversation and sharing of feelings, ideas, and insights. In the calm, accepting atmosphere of the consulting room, people learn to express more of their feelings and often feel less afraid of, or tyrannised by, them. Psychotherapy often enables you to make changes so as to undertake new careers, make new relationships or deepen existing ones, and generally feel more at peace with yourself.

Some of the problems people bring to therapy include certain forms of depression, sexual and relationship problems, workplace bullying, feelings of emptiness, unresolved bereavement, effects of trauma, etc.

Usually, psychotherapy involves one-to-one fifty-minute sessions. Sometimes an individual is recommended to participate in a small on-going group. Marital therapy can help couples and family therapy a whole family.

Occasionally, either you or the psychotherapist may suggest confidentially contacting medical practitioners or other professionals to ensure an overall and appropriate treatment plan. However, in most cases, no one will be contacted.

Confidentiality of what is disclosed in therapy sessions is essential.

People seek psychotherapy for problems like:

  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • Sexual and relationship problems
  • Workplace bullying
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Unresolved bereavement
  • Effects of trauma
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • emotional stress
  • Difficulties in their working life
  • Eating disorders

Different schools of psychotherapy draw on the work of [among others]:

  • Psychoanalysis – Freud
  • Analytical Psychology – Jung
  • Attachment Theory – Bowlby
  • British Object Relation School – Klein, Winnicott
  • Body-oriented psychotherapy – Reich, Lowen