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Why do people seek Psychotherapy?

People look for help because of a multiplicity of reasons. Some individuals may feel a need or desire to address major life changes such as marital breakdown or a bereavement. For others, they may want help in managing a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder. Other reasons for seeking psychotherapy may be that an individual has identified specific issues or goals which they want to focus on. For other individuals, they may have been encouraged by family, friends or medical professionals to seek assistance. Whatever the motivation, it requires courage to attend psychotherapy and it takes commitment to see it through. Set out below, are some of the reasons but not all, as to why and how people are triggered into seeking psychotherapy or counselling.

  • Abandonment issues
  • Abuse/survivors of abuse
  • Adjustment to change/life transitions
  • Anxiety issues
  • Attachment issues
  • Ageing issues
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Fear issues
  • Family problems
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Guilt
  • Identity issues
  • Isolation
  • Irrational thoughts
  • Life purpose
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mid-life crisis
  • Mood swings
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Rejection
  • Relationship/marital problems
  • Suicide/suicide ideation
  • Trust issues
  • Workplace issues

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  • “Sooner or later she had to give up the hope for a good past." Irvin D. Yalom
  • “Sooner or later she had to give up the hope for a good past." Irvin D. Yalom

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve painful thoughts, emotions, behaviours, somatic responses and/or relationship issues. Both therapist and client will determine the goals of therapy, and in many cases, will explore far beyond the presenting issue, that is, the problem which first triggered you to seek professional help. Psychotherapy is most effective when tailored to the client’s individual needs, experiences and goals. The collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship can promote self-actualisation, empower self-growth, improve relationships and reduce anxiety.

People faced with trying times are often unable to recognize the resources and natural abilities they have that can help them begin the process of change. Psychotherapy both supports and challenges clients to use their existing strengths and resilience. It encourages the building of new resources in order to gain insight on how they can overcome their issues and create a life which is more rewarding and fulfilling. A trained psychotherapist is experienced in developing a client’s self-awareness and insight, which in turn, can lead to a greater sense of well-being. Your therapist will be someone who supports you, listens attentively, models a healthy and positive relationship, gives appropriate feedback and is empathic, understanding and non-judgemental. A safe and secure environment is essential, and you can be assured of confidentiality within the therapeutic relationship.