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What is Counselling / Psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy offer you a safe, confidential space to talk about your relationships, behaviours, innermost thoughts and feelings with a trained professional who will not judge you. It does not seek to offer you solutions but rather to explore complicated feelings and recognise unhelpful recurring patterns in thinking and relating with the aim of helping you to make sense of things and understand yourself better.
It can be challenging to reflect on difficult thoughts, emotions and events - past and present - and takes courage to make that first step in acknowledging that you need help and to speak openly about your issues. However, much like we have surgery to set a broken bone or take medicine to relieve an illness, talking therapy can help ease emotional pain, enhance relationships, and alter harmful habits and behaviours. It is good to talk!
The Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic Approach
The way that we behave and how we relate to other people originates in our past and early experiences. From childhood we develop strategies on how to interact with the world and how to cope with problematic feelings or events. These strategies may not always be helpful and can cause more harm than good. The psychodynamic / psychoanalytic approach seeks to identify repeating patterns in behaviour and relationships and helps to understand where they are rooted. By bringing what is unconscious to the surface we can put meaning to these repetitions and work on creating new, more helpful patterns of thinking, behaviour and relating.
Who is therapy for?
People come for therapy for a variety of reasons. Some may have reached or are approaching a crisis point; others may have been living with troubled feelings for a long period of time; or they may just want a space for self-reflection to try and understand what it is that makes them tick. Each individual brings a different life story and their journey with their therapist is unique.