Why consider counselling/psychotherapy?
Is psychotherapy an effective form of treatment? Whether therapy or counselling is successful depends ultimately on the individual’s (or couple's) need and desire to change. Research has shown that therapy results in fewer relapses of common conditions such as moderate depression and anxiety and destructive communication, and that the positive effects of good therapy extend well beyond treatment.
In fact, many clients report improved conditions long after therapy has ended. In general, counselling/therapy is often more effective than psychotropic drugs or medical treatments alone. It is in part because psychological health has been shown to profoundly impact our physical well-being. In addition, many therapeutic modalities are evidence-based, meaning they have been subject to research studies and clinical observations, and they have been analyzed for effectiveness.
In relationships, mentalization (i.e. the ability to reflect upon, and to understand one's state of mind; to have insight into what one is feeling, and why) is considered an important coping skill that is necessary for effective emotional regulation. With the advancement in neuroscience, there is increasing evidence that mentalisation may help 're-wire' how we relate to others.
"“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” – William James
What conditions can psychotherapy help?
Psychotheray has been shown to be effective in helping people with significant emotional problems as well as improving a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to:
* Anxiety, General Anxiety Disorder
* Couple Relationship/Communication Issues
* Asperger Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
* Anger Management
* Eating Disorders
* Substance (Drug, Alcohol and Medication) Misuse
People who are going through particular stressful events, such as relocation, divorce, redundancy, may also benefit from talking things through, thinking more deeply with a trained relationship therapist.
I start every therapeutic relationship by actively listening to and understanding a client's needs. As such, there is a bespoke component to my approach. I integrate a number of psychotherapeutic models and evidence-based approach to work with each individual and couple; they include psychodynamic therapy, attachment-based therapy, emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), experiential and humanistic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Since research evidence suggests that the client-therapist relationship itself plays a vital part in whether counselling or therapy is effective, I invite you to contact me so we may have a conversation about whether the counselling I offer is right for you. There is no obligation until an agreement to proceed is made.