How Can Therapy Help?
Many people ask this question when thinking about starting therapy for the first (or even the fifth) time.
Therapy at its very core builds on the relationship between client and therapist (or counsellor, or psychotherapist - the terms are largely interchangeable) which can allow you to open up, share parts of yourself and feel unconditionally accepted by another.
There are many reasons why the therapeutic relationship provides this unique space, including the training and expertise of the therapist, consistency and reliability of weekly sessions, not having an existing relationship with the therapist and a concentrated focus on you as the client.
Talking therapy has been shown to be beneficial for a large number of issues, including (but not limited to):
Mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and OCD
Physical health concerns such as chronic pain and long term illness
Trauma recovery - including military service, natural disasters, domestic and sexual abuse and displaced citizens
Using an integrative approach, which brings together skills and practices from a number of different psychotherapy modalities, you can work with a therapist both short or long term to uncover persistent issues, share and integrate your experiences into the wider context of who you are and feel truly valued and accepted as a person.
Therapy works by building a trusting relationship with a practitioner who is trained to listen and support you to help develop tools and strategies to manage feelings, emotions and relationships more effectively.
If you have tried therapy before and haven't found it useful that could be because the approach used wasn't the most suitable for your needs at the time, the therapy was too short (or even sometimes too long) to really address your needs or because the relationship with the therapist wasn't well developed. It can take some trial and error to find a therapist you really connect with - try not to see it as a problem with a specific therapist or modality, or even therapy as a whole but rather having not yet found the right person to accompany you on your journey.
Whether you are struggling with your mental health or just need a little extra support, get in touch to find out if therapy is right for you.