What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is another term used to describe an array of talking therapies. Counselling and psychotherapy have similarities but generally speaking a psychotherapist can offer more in-depth work over a longer period of time. Attending Psychotherapy, the therapist will support and assist you to explore, in depth, your feelings, beliefs and thoughts, including past experiences in childhood. This enables you to come to a broader understanding of the problems you face on a daily basis. For the client sharing personal and often sensitive experience, emotions can be difficult and frightening. Thus, developing a trusting relationship with the psychotherapist is essential to effective treatment.
There are various forms of psychotherapy. In City Counselling and Psychotherapy we offer the following;
- Person Centred/Humanistic psychotherapy and Integrated therapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Gestalt Therapy
What does Psychotherapy look like in practice?
The content and structure of the session will depend based on what the client brings to the session. However, the psychotherapist will encourage the client to talk and explore their feelings, both past and present memories and feelings. Throughout the session the therapist uses techniques and skills to help the client work through and experience those difficult emotions. This may sound scary and you may think its best to avoid unpleaseant feelings, however with the support, trust and encouragement from the trained therapist it is possible to develop a sense of mastery and control over the problem situation. Sessions will generally be held at the same time and place each week and will last around 50 minutes. At the initial session your therapist will talk you through the terms of your working relationship.