Being in psychotherapy offers you a safe and confidential space to explore what’s troubling or disturbing you. Whether you are faced with a sudden crisis or you have had an ongoing sense over an extended period of time that something in your life is not working quite as you would wish, you may decide that it’s time to find some help. People often seek support from friends and family, but that’s not always possible and may not be the right source of help – especially if your problems arise from your relationships with the people who are closest to you, or if they are also affected by the same problem as you. In any case, they may not be able to listen to you and focus on you and your experiences in the way that you need. Turning to a psychotherapist for help may be more productive: they can provide support that is specific to you, and work at your pace. You can speak freely in this confidential setting.
People use psychotherapy to work through the emotional and psychological effects of:
- relationship problems
- work stresses
- loss due to suicide
- the demands of being a carer
- lack of self-esteem
- … and more.
Psychotherapy is known as a “talking cure”. Talking through your problems in this setting provides you with an opportunity to better understand how and why you are affected by your circumstances in the way that you are. In turn, this can help you to come to terms with old wounds and make changes in your approach to life.