We all experience pain from time to time, but when that pain is stopping us from having the life we know we could have, and from finding joy and meaning in our relationships, our work, and in the world in general, then we must be brave enough to seek help. Some of us are lucky enough to have the support of family, friends and colleagues, but for many of us there is a fear that we may become a burden or that those close to us may not have the objectivity to listen without judgement when we need support.
Who can benefit from therapy?
Anyone who is experiencing dissatisfaction and discomfort, whether it’s because of something in particular that has happened, or because of an ongoing sense that all is not ok, can benefit from psychotherapy. I see clients of all ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities and backgrounds.
How does it work?
We meet once a week to discuss, in confidence, any thoughts & feelings that are coming up for you. I offer open-ended counselling which means that we can continue our sessions for as long as we feel we need to. The number of sessions will vary from person to person according to the nature of their difficulties and the depth of exploration the client would like to undertake. Sessions last 50 minutes.
What happens at the first session?
This is an opportunity for us to get a sense of the issues causing distress. For many people this is the first time they have been able to share their experiences. I will explain in further detail the nature of the work we’ll be doing together and what I can offer.
Does therapy work?
Recent studies from the International Centre For Clinical Excellence showed that 80% of clients in therapy end up better off than those who don’t seek help. At a very basic level just the simple act of talking, of getting thoughts and feelings out of your head, can be useful. But even if you do have people in your life you can talk to, therapists can be more objective and empathetic – they are trained to discuss things in a way that is quite different from what you might have experienced with friends and family.
Thinking of giving psychotherapy a try? I provide psychotherapy in Tottenham, or over Skype and the phone. Get in touch today for a free initial consultation, to see if psychotherapy is for you.