How can therapy help?
Acceptance of previously denied feelings by an attuned therapist can be the start of learning to accept, express and meet these feelings and needs ourselves in more effective ways, giving more choice and fulfilment.
People turn to psychotherapy to reflect on their difficulties or problems. This ranges from problems such as depression or anxiety to coping with life changes and events and problems with relationships, identity and communication. The therapist provides time, space and a reflective relationship for you to explore what is on your mind and be curious about your internal world. Increasing self-understanding about common life themes and behaviour patterns can help alleviate distress and offers the possibility for change and hope.
As humans, we learn to adapt to our environment in creative ways when we are young, but sometimes this ceases to be useful when we grow up. These learning patterns become implicit or unconscious and can sometimes attribute to frustrating symptoms and situations.
Exploring your concerns with a respectful, non-judgemental and attentive therapist can help to identify these patterns, as well as identifying needs and feelings that have been denied in the past. Acceptance of these feelings by an attuned therapist can be the start of learning to accept, express and meet these feelings and needs ourselves in more effective ways, giving more choice and fulfilment.
I refer to counselling as shorter term work as it tends to focus on a more specific issue or problem, such as a recent bereavement, divorce or any other life event. Psychotherapy (or therapy) is often open-ended work and focuses on learning about your behavioural patterns and what is holding you back in your current life.