Counselling and Psychotherapy offered in Fareham, Hampshire
How can therapy help?
Talking with an experienced psychotherapist who has been trained to listen, not just to what you say but also to the things that matter to you on a deeper level underneath everyday life and its demands, can provide a safe, contained space in which to explore your concerns and distress.
Psychotherapy can help you to understand yourself better and to discover what prevents you from being yourself, and achieving what you want in life. Therapy can thus help you to make more informed choices in life, and to approach difficulties in new ways with new tools and understanding. Although therapy won't solve all your problems, it may well assist you in living with them more effectively.
What problems can therapy help with?
The reasons that someone enters therapy are varied. Sometimes a person experiences difficulties in their life and they may go on to develop symptoms (e.g. panic attacks, low mood). Then again, a person may be getting on with everyday things but underneath they feel troubled or stuck in life, or perhaps there is something bothering them that they can't quite put their finger on. Sometimes people have become aware of a repeating pattern in their life that they want to try and change but don't know how to, or they may want to address something that happened to them a long time ago. For some the reason for entering therapy only becomes clear after they have begun it.
Below is a list of some of the things that might bring a person to consult a psychotherapist :
- Panic attacks, phobias
- Traumatic experiences (either recent, or from the past)
- Loss or bereavement
- Life changes
- Problems with substance use/misuse
- Relationship difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Problems at work
- Questions around sexuality
- Problems with anger
- Problems making decisions, and/or, finding direction in life
- Questions about spirituality
- Troubling patterns of thinking and /or behaviour
- Mental health issues
What theories and techniques may be used?
As an integrative psychotherapist I draw upon a range of theories and techniques in order to assist my clients. In particular, my work incorporates elements of psychoanalysis, humanistic, transpersonal, and cognitive and behavioural (i.e. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT) ideas and methods.