As a therapist I am aware of how difficult it can be to make that first enquiry, so it is important to explain something about how psychotherapy works and how it might help.
Every person is unique and faces numerous challenges along the way which can lead to feeling distressed and unable to cope. Psychotherapy can offer a confidential safe place in which to discuss and explore those feelings with the therapist, who can help you to gain a clearer understanding of problems which may not always be possible to make sense of or put into words. However, you do know that you want to make changes to how you are currently feeling.
Starting psychotherapy is a commitment to yourself to gain a deeper self awareness and to discover inner resources which will help to enable you to experience greater freedom of thought and action. With this in mind and depending on your problem, it may be offered over a number of weeks or for longer periods.
When you have your first consultation, we can talk about the type of therapy which might be best suited to you and also discuss the possible length of therapy. It is usually recommended that these sessions are regular as this continuity is important to the process.
There are many models of therapy and as an Integrated psychotherapist, I have a strong belief that the type of therapy offered should be suited to the individual clients particular needs. Just as today, we believe in a much more integrated approach to all aspects of health. Some of the main models of therapy are Psychodynamic therapy, in which through talking in depth over a period of time with the therapist, you can begin to create an awareness of some of the hidden meanings or patterns in what you do or say that may be contributing to your problems. Another significant therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) a form of psychotherapy that examines how beliefs and thoughts are linked to behaviours and feelings. It teaches you skills to challenge and modify your unhelpful behaviours and patterns of thinking, helping you increase your ability to take greater ‘control’ of your emotions.
The relationship between the therapist and client is central to the therapeutic journey. Therefore it is important that you feel understood and supported on your special journey.
Anna Castberg, Integrative Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
For further advice and to arrange an appointment please call the Medical Clinic on 01243 771455.
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