phonepics 2013 016What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy aims to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour.

Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way within a safe and secure relationship.

Depending on the nature of your problem, therapy can be short or long term. Sessions can be provided for adults, adolescents and children on a one-to-one basis, or for couples, families and within groups whose members share similar problems.

What happens during psychotherapy?

Every session is different because every client is different, as are their problems. Your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk and explore, in a structured way, your feelings and experiences.

Your therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration – for example, using art, imaging, dream/movement and space work.

Whatever the technique or clinical approach, psychotherapy is not a magical cure, it is a process we engage in together to develop your sense of self.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Different people use the words counselling and psychotherapy in different ways, so there is no commonly agreed definition. There is a general understanding that a psychotherapists work with a wide range of clients and can offer more in-depth work where appropriate.

UKCP believes the difference lies in the length and depth of training involved and in the quality of the relationship between the client and their therapist. UKCP-registered psychotherapists are trained to Masters level.

UKCP registers psychotherapists and psycho-therapeutic counsellors. Psycho-therapeutic counsellors are counsellors who have received more in-depth training than that undertaken by most counsellors. UKCP’s training standards for both qualifications seek to ensure that UKCP registrants are competent to practice to the highest standards.

Why would you have Psychotherapy?

• To increase happiness levels
• To get relief from symptoms such as anxiety and depression, feeling lonely or sad, unfulfilled, wondering about meaning, lack of confidence, feeling down, not sleeping, worried, relationship issues, anger, frustration, eating or drinking too much, addictions
• To gain a greater understanding of the causes and conditions that affect the emergence of symptoms
• To have a different relational experience of past traumas/events.

Where does the therapy take place?

The therapy is offered from the Practise Caldy, 58 Caldy Road, Caldy CH48 2HN (see Contact Us page)

The Practise (link inserted) is an inspiring, peaceful and private venue with off street parking.

Sessions can also be arranged by skype and telephone, and if circumstances dictate, we can always come to you.