Can therapy help?
Therapy can help in several ways:
- talking through personal, relationship or work-related issues can be cathartic and stress-relieving
- the therapeutic relationship can help clients understand why they repeat unhelpful patterns of behaviour, have unsupportive relationships, feel depressed, anxious or have low self-esteem
- therapy safely experiments with how clients can work through issues and feel better about themselves
- therapy helps in many practical ways too e.g. psycho-education, reframing perspectives or simply developing new skills to combat life's problems e.g. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques
What therapy is best?
Currently, there are over 400 forms of psychotherapy and counselling and this number is still increasing. My approach is integrative, taking the best and most helpful interventions and philosophies from a variety of approaches e.g. Integrative therapy, Gestalt therapy, CBT and EMDR. I don’t believe one size fits all; instead, I tailor my therapy to suit individual client needs. I suggest one or two initial sessions to complete a thorough clinical assessment so that we both agree a treatment plan or a way forward that suits the client best.
Gestalt psychotherapy is a holistic approach to the healing and personal growth of the whole person — the emotional, behavioural, cognitive and physiological aspects of the self, e.g. heightening awareness of how the client relates to himself and others (which is the root of many problems). Gestalt psychotherapy can enable the client to take responsibility for their actions and achieve full potential. Gestalt psychotherapy is about becoming "whole" rather than being fragmented or disconnected in life.
EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a different form of therapy which helps clients suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), dissociation, trauma, panic attacks, complex grief, phobias and much more. EMDR works on the neural processes of the mind helping to alleviate thoughts, memories and feelings which may be difficult to move past (www.emdrassociation.org.uk).