Macbeth: How does your patient doctor?
Doctor: Not so sick, my lord, as she is troubled with thick-coming fancies that keep her from rest.
Macbeth: Cure her of
that! Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from
the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous
stuff which weighs uponher heart?
Doctor: Therein the patient must minister to himself.”
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING
The NHS defines Psychotherapy as "a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions".
It involves talking to a trained professional, either one-to-one, in a group or couple. It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries, and deal with troublesome habits, unwelcome thoughts or behaviours and a wide range of emotional disorders.
The kind of therapy I provide always involves talking, but sometimes other methods may be included – for example, art, the keeping of a journal, and various exercises. My work with you will provide an opportunity
to explore, reflect upon and discuss feelings you have about yourself and other people and help you to increase your self-awareness and make sense of your life. Existential therapy is not too concerned with your past, but instead focuses on the choices to be made in the present and future
You will meet with me regularly, ideally once a week. Individual sessions last about 50 minutes, but group or couple sessions are often a bit longer.
As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, I will work with you to suggest strategies for resolving problems and help you explore and change the attitudes and behaviours with are generating them. This might involve teaching specific skills to help you tolerate painful emotions, manage relationships more effectively, or improve behaviour. You will also be encouraged to develop your own solutions without fear of becoming "therapy dependent".
Finally - anything and everything we speak about will be treated in the utmost confidence. Even issues or topics which you might find too personal or embarrassing too discuss with friends or family can be safely discussed.
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