Why come to therapy?
People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons and in different situations, and usually have a sense of being stuck with something they can no longer deal with without help. It might be a problem that has built up over time, or frustrating feelings that keep repeating. Either way, you find this is getting in the way of living your life.
Talking to a trained psychotherapist can help to break unhelpful patterns of thinking and aid greater understanding of oneself. I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is an in-depth therapy aimed at understanding the feelings and beliefs that govern our lives, many of which have their origins in childhood. These feelings may have been helpful to us once as children, but they may hinder us living a full life as adults; resulting in problems relating to others, feeling bad about ourselves, or engaging in damaging behaviour such as addiction or self-harm.
This does not mean therapy will endlessly re-hash the past, but that we might have the origin of these problems in mind when thinking about how they are stopping you today.
Therapy can help with many different problems, such as those below, though this list is not exhaustive:
Self-image and self-esteem
Suicide and self-harm
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss further whether therapy can be of use to you.
Psychotherapy is not appropriate for people in immediate crisis. Samaritans can help, call them on 116 123.