What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to talk confidentially to someone who is trained to listen and help you gain a greater understanding of yourself and the challenges you might be facing. This, in turn, can lead to changes which improve your situation for the better. Evidence shows that client motivation and the quality of the relationship between client and psychotherapist are imperative for the process to be successful.
There are many different approaches in psychotherapy, which influence the kind of therapy you may receive. As a Gestalt psychotherapist, I am focused on;
- Working in the present with what you are aware of, rather than with your subconscious, becoming mindful of your immediate experience and how you can best react to the difficult situations you face.
- We will talk about your past as and when you bring it up in our sessions, rather than it being the main focus of the therapy.
- I may give you general information relating to your circumstances, but will not advise or try to tell you what you should do.
- Instead, we will work together to empower you to make your own best choices, to build resilience in the face of difficult situations.
- My aim is to help you find your own path to a better present and future
- In the case of trauma, this will involve finding a way to live with and beyond the immediate effects of your traumatic experience.
When helpful, I also incorporate additional elements and tools I have gained from different therapeutic approaches to tailor your treatment to your individual needs.
Throughout our work together, I encourage feedback from you about what helps and what doesn’t. This also helps me make sure the work fits your needs.
Recent studies have shown that online therapy is very effective. The convenience of online therapy also makes it a lot easier for people to start therapy who might not otherwise. No matter how remote your location or how hectic your schedule, support can be provided as long as you can secure internet access for our 50 minute weekly sessions.
Our online psychotherapy sessions will take place using Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. This requires you having access to a private room and a good internet connection.
I can also offer supplementary email and phone communication, if needed.
Usually, psychotherapy involves meeting once a week for a 50-minute session.
The number of sessions depends on your individual needs:
- 6 – 10 sessions may be enough to deal with a specific problem.
- A longer, open-ended period is often required for more general or serious issues.
We can discuss this in more detail and make a plan in our initial session.
Depending on your insurance policy, your provider may pay for some or all of the cost of your sessions