How does therapy work?

Therapists engage with clients in a scientifically validated process to help those in a state of emotional distress.   There are countless possible reasons that lead to people presenting, or being referred for therapy.  Often it can be multiple issues that are of concern.

Some of these could be

  • Coping with bereavement & loss
  • Dealing with major life changes (eg. loss of a job, homelessness, divorce)
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety issues
  • Anger management
  • Addictive behavior
  • Relationship problems
  • Work related stress
  • Work performance problems
  • Post Natal depression
  • Trauma recovery
  • Identity issues
  • Sexuality issues
  • Suicidal Ideation

There are numerous approaches to psychotherapy and it can be useful for clients to explore the various options prior to starting therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a topical example and is an example of one of the evidence based therapeutic approaches.

Often clients consider therapy alongside or as an alternative to medication being prescribed.

Different therapists bring their own individuality as well as specific models of training to the therapeutic relationship which can be an important consideration for clients  looking for a therapist they feel comfortable working with.

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the crucial element for effective therapy is a strong relationship between client and therapist.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist.   It provides a structured, supportive and confidential space to talk openly with someone who’s qualified, objective, neutral and non-judgmental.