What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a process where, over a period of time, through feedback and self-observation, an individual can develop greater awareness of significant aspects of their interpersonal behaviour: their strengths, their limitations, their interpersonal difficulties and the resulting behaviour that can sometimes bring about unwanted responses from other people.
During the course of our lives we all experience moments where interpersonal difficulties arise and we can be left with feelings that are deeply misunderstood. This can lead to a difficulty in our ability to make distinctions between ‘the difficulties we are experiencing’ and ‘a concept of ourselves as not feeling good enough’.
Psychotherapy aims to make these distinctions possible. Through feedback and self-observation an individual can develop a better understanding of their own behaviour and appreciate the impact of that behaviour upon the feelings of others, the opinions that others have of them and the opinions they have of themselves.
Once an individual experiences an increased awareness of aspects of their own behaviour they also begin to understand they are responsible for them and can start making changes to their interpersonal world.
Later, once responsibility for their own interpersonal world is accepted, an individual can begin to work with their social-relational world. Over time an understanding develops where they also have the ability to change aspects of their social-relationships.
The process of psychotherapy allows an individual to explore and understand their own particular interpersonal difficulties and the setting provides the context where change can occur.
The aim of psychotherapy is to help an individual learn how to develop more gratifying interpersonal relationships so that he or she is again enabled to move forward with a sense of purpose and meaning.
How do you know if Psychotherapy would be beneficial to you?
Arranging an initial one-to-one appointment with the therapist is the best way to determine whether psychotherapy would be of benefit to your particular circumstances.
However, it can be useful to work through some initial exploratory questions.
a) are you experiencing relationship difficulties with family, friends, or a loved one?
b) are you experiencing difficulties at work: e.g. performance, peer, authority issues?
c) are you experiencing social/leisure difficulties?
d) do you have bereavement, loss or separation difficulties?
e) are you suffering from symptoms such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression?
f) do you feel that you are not living your life fully and creatively?
g) do you feel motivated to change and to develop greater awareness of aspects of your interpersonal behaviour?
Confidentiality is of primary importance to the therapy setting. A safe
and supportive environment helps ensure open and honest communication.
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