Here at Changes Psychotherapy Brian offers a variety of therapeutic services utilising a range of approaches to his work with clients. Brian would like to help you understand what exactly therapy is
What is Psychotherapy?
Technically, psychotherapy is an umbrella term describing a number of different talking therapies – which can include counselling – where a client shares what may be troubling them, and is listened to and supported in finding ways forward.
Psychotherapy allows a client to explore various aspects of their life and talk about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings may emerge and psychotherapy offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand and to take action. Brian will be able to help you accept and reflect on your problems without becoming burdened by them.
Moving beyond counselling, psychotherapy looks at a person’s behavioural, emotional and cognitive patterns that may be causing or contributing to current distress. Psychotherapy aims to find the very roots of current issues, not just how to manage them. This can enable the client to look at many other aspects of their life in a different way and bring about lasting improvements.
What Issues Can Therapy Help With?
There are a huge variety of reasons that bring a client to engage in therapy. These can include specific difficulties such as:
- Low mood
- Relationship difficulties
- Life transitions
Sometimes, it can also be a sense of dissatisfaction, a feeling of having no sense of direction or purpose which is bringing about distress. Whatever challenge, difficulty or transition you are experiencing, starting therapy can be a big step towards becoming the healthiest version of yourself. Therapy can be a truly transformative experience, which can help you address self-destructive habits, resolve emotional pain, and improve your relationships with others and yourself.
What Will My Therapy Be Like?
It is impossible to tell you exactly what your therapy process will be like, as you are unique, with your own experiences, strengths and difficulties. Good therapy will be tailored to you and your individual situation. That said, in all modes of therapeutic Brian will work with you to define your goals and to develop the steps you will take to achieve those goals in therapy. Your therapeutic process will not only focus on your current situation and experiences, but also on the internal patters that may be contributing to how you are feeling.
Generally, you can expect your therapist to be someone who works with you collaboratively, listens to you attentively, challenges you appropriately and supports you reaching your goals. Your therapist will also model a healthy and positive relationship, and follow ethical guidelines in their practice.
The relationship between you and your therapist is confidential, though there are a number of specific limitations to that confidentiality which Brian will discuss with you in your first appointment.