What is Psychotherapy?

I offer Psychotherapy in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Loughborough areas.

Like counselling, the term ‘psychotherapy’ is used to describe a range of talking therapies to help overcome problems such as relationship issues, trauma, emotional difficulties, and stress.

Counselling and psychotherapy have similarities but generally speaking a psychotherapist can offer more in-depth work over a longer period of time.

Psychotherapy involves exploring, in depth, your feelings, beliefs and thoughts, including those from childhood, to come to a fuller understanding of the problems you face.

Given the often sensitive nature of the issues discussed, developing a trusting relationship with the psychotherapist is paramount to effective treatment.

What does Psychotherapy look like in practice?

A psychotherapy session will often involve your psychotherapist encouraging you to talk and explore your feelings, past memories and experiences. As part of this exploration your therapist may use particular techniques such as imaging and engagement with metaphor to help explore current and historical issues. Sessions will generally be held at the same time and place each week and will last around 50 minutes. Each client is different and presents with different problems, so each session will vary. Your psychotherapist during the first session will talk through with you the terms of your working relationship and your hopes for engaging in psychotherapy. If you then feel that you would like to engage in psychotherapy a working contract will be established between you. The underlying aim of therapy is to help you develop a sense of mastery and control over the problem situation.

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‘…we are familiar with the concept and practice of relational reparation wherein positive growth is built on mutually satisfying encounters. ‘

2011: The Drama of Shame co-written with D. Gammage. British Association of  Dramatherapists Journal. Brunner/ Routledge

Psychotherapy explores the concept of how we may have been wounded, hurt or blocked from experiencing our full potential though the co creation of a supportive yet challenging therapeutic relationship.