We are mental health professionals who are trained to listen to a person’s problems to try to find out what’s causing them and help find a solution.

As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, we can suggest strategies for resolving problems and, if necessary, help you change your attitudes and behaviour.

We teach specific skills to help you tolerate painful emotions, manage relationships more effectively or improve behaviour. You may also be encouraged to develop your own solutions. In group therapy, the members support each other with advice and encouragement.

 

What is psychotherapy used to treat?

Psychotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including:

Depression

Anxiety disorders

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Long-term illnesses

Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating drugs misuse

 

Types of psychotherapy

There are several different types of psychotherapy that have been proven to be effective and are offered on the NHS. These are described below.

Psychodynamic (psychoanalytic) psychotherapy – a psychoanalytic therapist will encourage you to say whatever is going through your mind. This will help you to become aware of hidden meanings or patterns in what you do or say that may be contributing to your problems.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – a form of psychotherapy that examines how beliefs and thoughts are linked to behaviour and feelings. It teaches skills that retrain your behaviour and style of thinking to help you deal with stressful situations.

Cognitive analytical therapy (CAT) – uses methods from both psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT to work out how your behaviour causes problems and how to improve it through self-help and experimentation.

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) – looks at acheter du cialis en ligne the way an illness can be triggered by events involving relationships with others, such as bereavements, disputes or relocate. It helps you cope with the feelings involved as well as working out coping strategies.

Humanistic therapies – encourage you to think about yourself more positively and aim to improve your self-awareness.

Family and marital (systemic) therapy – therapy with other members of your family that aims to help you work out problems together.

If you have psychotherapy, you will meet your therapist regularly, usually once a week. However, in some cases, more frequent sessions may be needed.

A short-term course of psychotherapy may involve anything between 6 and 20 sessions, with individual sessions lasting about 50-60 minutes. Group sessions are often longer.