How can psychotherapy help?
Psychotherapy is a talking therapy that can help with mental health problems.
As an analytical psychotherapist my work is influenced by the work of the Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, whose work has been of great influence and importance to me in my own life and in my development as a psychotherapist. Jung believed that we all have the potential to develop through life and to become more fully the person that we are truly are.
However, he also recognised that we can become stuck and may need help to confront the obstacles that are preventing us from living our life to the full.
Through my experience of working with people over many years, I have come to know that there is no set solution to any one problem or situation; we are all individual and unique and as such will experience our life and the things that happen to and around us differently. We see this in families: brothers and sisters who grow up in the same environment will often have very different memories of their childhood and their personalities will have been shaped by the particular ways in which they have experienced those early relationships and their subsequent experience of the world.
My approach to therapy is to try to determine what is underlying the problem that you are bringing and how best to help you to move forward. For some people this may be an agreed number of sessions to address that problem by bringing insight and understanding to the situation and developing strategies for managing and preventing the problem from getting worse or re-emerging at some later point.
It may be though that you have struggled with your symptoms or difficulties for a long time – you may even have had some therapy before – and I may therefore suggest longer-term therapy, which would enable us to explore those aspects of your experiences both past and present that have contributed to your situation and are preventing you from living your life to the full.
We cannot change the past but if we ignore the impact that certain events and experiences have had or are currently having on our life, there is a danger that we will become stuck in vicious cycles of behaviour or in our relationships that leave us feeling increasingly frustrated, unhappy and hopeless about the future.
Talking things through helps. Friends and family can be supportive but talking to a therapist, a trained professional who is independent of your personal situation and with whom you can be open and honest,can bring new and different perspectives that lead to change.
The decision to come to therapy represents an important step towards improving your well-being and mental health, but it can also bring up deep-seated and painful feelings and thus the most important requirement in therapy is that you feel safe and comfortable working with your therapist and confident that you can talk freely about whatever is on your mind.
I will always try my best to facilitate this for you.