Psychotherapy and Counselling
There are many approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. It may be confusing for you to decide which orientation would be most beneficial and suitable.
Our method is based on over a hundred years of theoretical knowledge right up to and including the latest neuroscientific research. Neuroscience research has demonstrated that psychotherapy is a powerful tool in facilitating constructive changes in brain functioning. This in turn enables positive changes to entrenched and non-beneficial behaviour patterns, moods, feelings and thought processes which may have contributed to mental health issues.
Many psychotherapy or counselling approaches offer strategies and short-term treatment (6-10 sessions). Depending on the nature and duration of the mental health condition and the desired outcome, our treatment may be short or longer term. Recent research suggests that a longer-term psychotherapy is more likely to consolidate and stabilize these changes. There is no defined time limit for treatment and this decision is usually informed by your own state of well-being. You and your clinical psychologist will discuss when an ending is appropriate.
It is important to recognize that who you are today, how you think, how you behave and interact with others is shaped and influenced by your early relationships and experiences as well as your personality and current personal experiences. Our approach offers an opportunity to work together with your clinical psychologist to explore the early learned patterns of relating and interacting in order to change those patterns that negatively impact on your everyday living.
Our counselling and psychotherapy offers you an opportunity to experience a different kind of relationship with your psychologist which is focused on helping you recognize unproductive, repetitive or destructive behaviour and relationship patterns. This new relationship experience is one of the crucial ways of helping you achieve the changes you want for an improved lifestyle.
Who will benefit?
Depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties are a relatively normal part of human experience. Everybody to a greater or lesser extent, experiences the ups and downs of life but sometimes these difficulties become too overwhelming to deal with even with the use of medication. In an exciting advance in brain studies, the latest neuroscience research offers validation that psychotherapy is a powerful facilitator of improved well-being.
As well as the above, many people feel that they have no sense of themselves, no sense of who they are and what they want or need. Some people are fearful of what others think of them, try too hard to please and in addition, self-confidence and self-esteem are low. The reasons for psychotherapy are numerous and sometimes people struggle to put into words what is worrying them or causing distress. An aspect of the work is to assist in finding the words to describe, to communicate and then to understand the focus of the psychotherapeutic work.