On problems and difficulties
The majority of psychological difficulties can be successfully treated with either short term or long term psychological therapy.
On some occasions if difficulties persist, we can involve your GP or a psychiatrist and obtain help with medication along with psychological therapy. I work closely with a small number of psychiatrists whose expertise can help us and offer ideas for suitable and targeted medication.
Often during therapy we discover that many of our symptoms and problems have a connection with either early life events or adverse life experiences. The symptoms become visible in our daily interactions in relationships and usually contribute to our overall life satisfaction. We will look at the options of how you may wish to address these concerns.
Imagine that your life could be free from distractions and overwhelming stress. What would that be like? Even if life feels unbearable, awful and even hostile, it is important to mention that you are not alone in this. Many others share similar difficulties. For example in large cities every third person will experience some form of depression during their life (WHO statistics). Secondly, to look for help is already a step forward and a sign that you are determined to move forward. There is a lot you can do to change this.
What type of therapy would work?
I have training in multiple types of psychological therapies and the type of therapy depends on your issues and needs. I use mostly evidence based and research informed therapies. We know from research that for the targeted short term treatment, cognitive behavioural therapies (behaviour therapy, CBT, mindfulness based cognitive therapy), EMDR therapy, Emotionally focused therapy are very effective. For long term psychotherapy I use Gestalt and attachment focused therapy.
All of my therapy work involves brain and nervous system focused interventions, use of mindful awareness and relational attachment and family as used in Interpersonal Neurobiology. Family dynamics and the environment are always part of my therapeutic discussion.
Is therapy going to help you?
The majority of people with whom I have worked in therapy have found it very helpful.
People often feel more empowered and better about themselves. They are clearer about their problems and begin to see new possibilities, choices and potential solutions for their problems. Courage, confidence, motivation, a willingness to be creative and relief are some of the common outcomes of therapy.
However, therapy requires commitment and the journey will not always be smooth. Expect surprises. There may be times when you may feel like a mountain climber: your feet hurt and the body aches. When you have just reached the top there is a bigger and higher peak ahead waiting for you.
Just remember, when you were a baby it took you about 12 months just to stand up without a support!
We develop at different speeds: some people change, cope or find solutions faster than others.