Struggling with one or more of the following may lead a person to ask for help :

bereavement, depression, anxiety, conflict, separation/divorce,trauma..

For others, the reason is less clear, linked to a :

general sense of unease with oneself and or in one’s relationships

 

Alone

However, undertaking psychotherapy is, in the end, a very personal decision, there isn’t a ‘typical’ reason.

Talking with friends or family does not always enable us to deal with issues we may be struggling with, especially as these relationships may themselves be a source of conflict and tension.

Firstly psychotherapy offers a time and space within which an individual can talk and be heard in a neutral and confidential setting.

During  the sessions I enable a person to articulate their experience of the :

WHAT of their present day difficulties which have precipitated their asking for help.

WHY of present and  past events and representations, though I refrain interpreting  ‘why’  in the form of a simplistic ’cause and effect’ equation.

HOW of processing change and growth for oneself and in one’s relationship to others.

Secondly therefore, psychotherapy is a process enabling a person to gain insight into :

  • the personal and/or relationship issues which are causing difficulties.
  • the overall picture of their life, past and present, within their family /cultural context.
  • how they may advance towards a more adjusted way of living in relationship with themselves and with others, within the reality of their personal limitations and qualities.

Where situations such as bereavement and or traumatic events ♦ are involved, the work is centred around the individual integrating relief and reconcilation where possible.

Where PSTD (post traumatic disorder symptoms) are present, I enable a person to learn to employ methods of self-help in order to manage the symptoms. (See page Presentation)