- Why therapy?
People come to therapy for many different reasons:
- From time to time our experience of life can become overwhelming – you might feel stuck, isolated, sad, scared, angry, inadequate, ashamed or confused about who you are, what you want or what is happening in your life;
- You might need support through a particularly emotionally challenging time and/or want to make changes to improve the quality of your life;
- You might feel stuck with some old familiar ways of relating to yourself, that don’t serve you anymore;
- It might also be that generally your life is working but there is a specific issue that you are struggling with and would like to address, so that you can experience more satisfaction or freedom in your life; and/or
- You might simply be interested in your own personal development and want time and space to reflect on your life.
What can I get out of it?
This varies depending on the nature of the difficulties you are having and your commitment but generally through the process of therapy, people get some of the following benefits:
- Express and make sense of overwhelming feelings;
- Become clearer about the source of their difficulties and deal with them more efficiently;
- Discover more empowering ways of relating to ourselves and others;
- Come to terms with change, loss, painful experiences or difficult choices;
- Understand and accept their needs better leading to increased self-esteem and confidence;
- Get a sense of direction or purpose.
- Experience more freedom in their life.
How does it work?
Therapy offers emotional support and strength at a time where you might feel vulnerable. It is about deepening your understanding of yourself, how you relate to yourself and others helping you to identify unhelpful patterns of behaviour, uncovering the reasons behind them and coming to terms with difficult or painful experiences giving you access to a freer and more fulfilling way of living.
As a therapist, I am committed to offering you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to share and explore your problems. My aim is to understand your experience of the difficulties you are facing, to help you understand, clarify and identify your needs and to support you in finding your own solutions. This happens through the development of a relationship based on respect, trust and open communication.
How many sessions will I need?
It is difficult to say as this again varies from person to person and depends on what you are hoping to achieve. We can either agree to work for a limited time or work on an open ended basis. If we are going to work on an open ended basis, I would usually suggest regular reviews to make sure that you are getting what you need from our sessions.