Who Comes to Therapy

Who comes to Psychotherapy?


Who doesn’t? Many people I see have outwardly successful careers and lives, yet experience a loss of meaning, even deep unhappiness,  or feel they are not achieving their full potential, often with no clear reason why this should be so. Often their relationships suffer, and this may be a main reason to seek help. Others may have struggled most of their lives with depression or anxiety or self-confidence, or issues around sexuality or gender. Some may have experienced early childhood disturbances such as adoption, broken homes, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, while yet others may have been affected by more recent events such as bereavement, job loss, a traumatic event, or difficulty adjusting to change (even if it is planned for and wanted change).

 

Psychotherapy aims to understand and change complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems, thereby reducing symptoms and alleviating distress. One of the satisfactions of working as a psychotherapist is in helping clients from all walks of life to gain a better understanding of themselves; and in tackling such a wide range of problems.

The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in psychotherapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the client’s inner world become reflected in the relationship with the therapist (transference). This process helps both client and therapist together to gradually identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the client’s capacity to understand and change them.

 

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