Does therapy work?
This is important question – a lot of the success between the therapist and client depends on your expectations, and an initial assessment helps to clarify your goals of therapy.
How do I know if I need therapy?
Only you can decide whether you wish to engage with therapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Therapy is both a time, and financial commitment and this is explored during an initial assessment.
How long is therapy?
Each therapeutic journey is deeply unique to the individual. You can go to a therapist once, for a few months, or embark on long-term therapy – each depends on different expectations and goals.
Is therapy for times of crisis?
You don’t need to have a ‘major’ problem to go to a therapist. Just feeling unable to deal with your problem or feeling unhappy makes you a good therapy candidate. However, people often look for a therapist during a crisis. Examples of a crisis include: bereavement, relationship breakdowns, heightened anxiety, deepening of depression or shocking and unexpected news. The reason for going to therapy at this point is to be able to stabilise your life and reduce feelings of being overwhelmed, threat, panic, fear and confusion. Sometimes this entails weekly, relatively short term therapeutic support. Sometimes, however, people enter therapy with a crisis and find that there are things that underlie the crisis that needs exploring and working on. At this point it is no longer intervention, but on the path to a deeper understanding of self, possibly exploring repeating relationship patterns or coping strategies which were laid down in childhood.
People also look for support in times of change – even if society tends to view the change as “good or positive”, for example starting university, becoming a parent, getting married or retiring from work. Another motivator for people to seek therapy can be for specific, non-crisis problems, such as exam stress, career problems, procrastination, low grades, or feeling anxious or depressed.
Sometimes people go into therapy to work on problems which seem more unclear. Often people explore personal growth and the next chapter of life, rather than stabilising. This can involve looking forward while also acknowledging lifelong issues which need a more in-depth analysis than intervention or counselling would provide.
Is it confidential, judgmental, embarrassing?
Confidentiality is explained in full during an initial assessment. This service is non-judgmental and while you may hold some embarrassment about disclosing issues I hope that we can very quickly alleviate any embarrassment so as to best support any problem you may be struggling with.