how does therapy work?
Can therapy help you regain control over your life?
What is therapy and how does it work?
Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy or usually just therapy, is a form of treatment aimed at relieving emotional distress and mental health problems. Provided by any of a variety of trained professionals — psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or licensed counsellors — it involves examining and gaining insight into life choices and difficulties faced by individuals, couples, or families.
- Therapy sessions refer to structured meetings between a licensed provider and a client with a goal of improving some aspect of their life.
- Psychotherapy encompasses many types of treatment and is practiced by a range of clinicians using a variety of strategies.
- The critical aspect is that the client or patient works collaboratively with the therapist and can identify improvement and positive change over time.
Most therapies in wide use have been well-tested and deemed effective. Though it may at first feel difficult to seek out therapy—especially for those of low-income or without comprehensive insurance — the benefits of successful therapy are literally life-changing.
Do I need a therapy?
Seeking help from a mental health expert is something many people consider, especially when:
How does my therapy work and what is my approach?
I offer a relational talking therapy. This could be called counselling or psychotherapy. The main aim of the therapy is to help you to address emotional problems or mental health difficulties.
I trained as an Integrative therapist, meaning that I have the skills and understanding necessary to adapt and develop a range of approaches to help you feel safe to express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into the issues that you face. Of course, this depends on how safe you feel within the therapeutic relationship.
By working with you to develop a confidential therapeutic relationship based on trust, empathy and acceptance, I strive to help you find a sense of safety within that relationship.
I am confident that when clients experience this sense of relational safety alongside an experience of being accepted without judgement possibilities open up for them to move closer to their struggles. Together we can then explore alternative ways to cope or create changes in the way you think, feel and behave to bring about improvements in your mental and emotional wellbeing.
How does therapy can help me?
Since my qualification as a therapist, my extended learning and CPD has focussed mainly on developing my skills to support clients who have experienced trauma as a Trauma Informed Practitioner. My work with clients who have experienced anxiety, trauma, abuse or any other issue is supported by the following elements of my practice:
- Awareness and understanding of the complex and widespread impact of trauma on life experience and relationships.
- Prioritising emotional and psychological safety within the therapy.
- Recognition of the impact of the experiences that threaten your sense of safety and wellbeing.
- Awareness and understanding of the strategies that you have developed to regulate your thoughts and feelings in response to trauma.
- Acknowledgement of your perception of trauma and how it has or has not affected you.
- Recognition of the role trauma plays in your outlook, emotions and behaviour.
I understand that the focus needs not only to be on the behaviours that my clients may be trying to change, but also on the underlying reasons for those behaviours and the emotional relief that those behaviours provide to the client.
The work I offer to clients is to safely explore and reflect on behaviours, beliefs and their need for relief so that they can begin to make emotional repair at a deep and long-lasting level.
In conclusion, how does therapy work is depending on the individual and their needs. The impacts of trauma can apply to anybody; it is not limited to people with obvious sources of trauma like physical or sexual abuse. I can help with the trauma of ill health, the trauma of depression and anxiety, the trauma of loss, the trauma of dysfunctional relationships, the trauma of problems relating to work, the trauma of social issues. Moreover, my counselling can help you cope with your anxiety. My trauma informed approach is an effective process of supporting any client.
What are the benefits of a therapy?
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