The word psychotherapy is used to describe a range of talk therapies. Therapy of this kind takes place in a confidential, safe, and supportive environment; where you can talk about what is worrying you.
Your therapist will listen to you in a way that will help you to feel better. It is similar to counselling, in the sense that they are both designed to help you explore your thoughts and feelings, and your beliefs. One of the main differences is that a counsellor will train for a minimum of 3 years at diploma or degree level, and a psychotherapist will train for a minimum of 4 years a postgraduate degree level.
The main essence of psychotherapy is that it is specifically for medium and long-term issues. It can often go on for years; while counselling will usually last for several months. Psychotherapy will also usually go much deeper into your pathology than counselling. A psychotherapist is specifically trained to explore your childhood issues; rather than the patterns in your behaviour and daily stresses.
What issues would I bring?
You can come to psychotherapy for a wide variety of issues; including personal and professional.
In terms of your professional world; you might want to explore challenges related to stress, low confidence or self-esteem or difficulty concentrating. You may also wish to work through decisions.
Some personal issues that you might want to explore with a psychotherapist might include relationship breakdowns or difficulties, divorce, wider family problems including parenting and adoption breakdown. You can explore depression, anxiety, bereavement, addictions, and eating disorders; both for yourself or because the impact on you is so great through someone you know. You might also consider psychotherapy for a history of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, childhood abuse and neglect, and self-harm.
You may have experienced a recent trauma such as a criminal attack, involvement with the Police by other means or the involvement of a family member or a car accident. You might also want to explore your gender, sexuality, religious or spiritual beliefs or your culture and racial identity.
Whatever the reason; you will need to be open to putting in the time and commitment for the exploration that is required for psychotherapy. There are no quick solutions or miracle cures; it is more of a commitment to yourself, which can be both rewarding and challenging.
Nadine Wilson Psychotherapy and Counselling, Custard Factory, Birmingham, B9 4AA. Call: 07857655105
Counselling, Custard Factory, Birmingham, B9 4AA. Call: 07857655105