Therapy gives you the opportunity to talk in a safe space with someone who is objective, non-judgemental, sympathetic, and who can be trusted to keep what you say totally confidential. Under these circumstances it is possible to talk about what are sometimes very painful issues or the challenges in life that you may be struggling with. Therapy offers support, clarification and insight into what can often seem confusing and difficult feelings, and can help you deal with such issues as emotional distress, anxiety, depression, difficult situations, life changes, anger, having difficulty with relationships, relationship break-ups, divorce, confused sexuality, problems at work, or with alcohol, food or drugs and more.
Psychotherapy believes we all have an in-born drive to actualise emotional and mental health. Part of therapy is about identifying and removing the blocks that are stopping this, preventing us from achieving our potential and becoming who we really are. The process of therapy enables one to make the necessary and important links between past and present experiences. By doing this, you will begin to understand why you behave the way you do, why you respond in certain ways: possibly over-reacting, getting angry or overly-upset with those who you are close to, or with people at work and other situations you encounter in life or simply why you feel depressed or lacking in confidence or self-esteem. Our childhoods and the way we were treated by our parents and significant others form our core beliefs, the way we view ourselves and others, and we all carry these beliefs into adulthood, some of them more unconsciously than others. For instance we may carry around a life script such as ‘I deserve nothing’ or ‘I am not good enough’ which we may or may not be aware of, but which play out in our relationships with others, and can even sabotage our relationships and careers. This life script governs the way we interpret situations and what others say to us and can also stop us reaching our full potential.
The aim of therapy therefore is to enable you to gain insight into the way you behave, respond to others and why you feel and think way you do. This insight is achieved by exploring and understanding how your past effects your present and by identifying patterns of behaviour and life scripts that are not serving you and are not in your best interests. It also comes from working with the unconscious, for example by looking at your dreams and working with Creative Imagination exercises. The aim is also to support you and help you find solutions by finding new ways of thinking and being that will give you the inner support, strength, creative thinking and resourcefulness to lead an independent and happy life.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are held on a weekly basis unless otherwise agreed. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and clients may rest assured that no details of their personal identity or material may be accessed or passed on to anybody or any organisation without their consent.