When faced with a life-changing event or crisis or when experiencing a general feeling of low mood or unhappiness, it can sometimes be difficult to gain perspective on what direction life might take. Therapy offers you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to feel heard and explore any issues. By enhancing awareness of these issues, you are providing yourself the freedom to negotiate a greater choice in your emotional responses.
My role as a therapist is to help you to make sense of difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions and to guide you towards more effective coping strategies. We will work collaboratively to find resourceful solutions and new ways of thinking. Life can feel overwhelming sometimes and stresses will always arise - therapy can help you work on ways to manage those stresses more effectively and to live life more fully, enabling you to develop and strengthen your identity, and help you to become the person you really want to be.
While counselling focuses more on a current issue and usually involves shorter-term work, psychotherapy focuses on specific and often more deep-seated problems that are preventing you from fulfilling your potential in the here and now and will often involve a longer-term approach. The process of therapy helps you make links between past and present experiences to better understand and address your current difficulties.
Our mind sometimes buries painful memories and emotions that we cannot face or we find too traumatic to deal with: therapy can help to unlock, resolve and heal these wounds. We can't change the past, what we can alter is how we react to events that affect life now, as well as the meaning and power we give to them that determine what they become in our lives. Therapy can help you to understand your personal history and see patterns, negative behaviours and unhelpful ways of thinking that have emerged over time. Therapy is a restorative and healing process, but it can also be difficult at times and, as such, requires a fully committed approach.