Psychotherapy is a talking therapy specifically designed to help those suffering from psychological distress or experiencing difficulties that have a debilitating impact on their mental well-being, with the aim of helping them to gain a deeper insight into the source of their emotional struggles and find new ways of coping. Individuals are able to talk to a professional in complete confidence about the psychological anguish they are experiencing, without fear of judgement of their beliefs, culture, gender, race, religion or sexuality. By ‘working through’ emotional difficulties over and over again with the therapist, the hope is that ‘a psychological shift’ will begin to occur, thereby lessening the strong hold of any painful feelings associated with the presenting problem.
In addition to the above, one of the main aims of psychotherapy, is to help the individual make links between past and present ‘unconscious’ unhelpful patterns of behaviour that continue to have an impact on the day to day decisions they make and which may prevent them from reaching their full potential. It is also particularly helpful for exploring the source of difficulties like:
Psychotherapy is also very helpful for those who find themselves in a constant state of worry and plagued with persistent feelings of hopelessness and sadness but unable to establish where these feelings emanate from. The aim is to help you understand the root cause of your problem(s) and slowly begin to make positive changes to improve overall mental well being. Psychotherapy can help you:
“Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.”
— Hans Selye