WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy is a term used for the process of treating mental health problems by talking with a psychologist. Psychotherapy is often commonly referred to as talk therapy, counselling, psychosocial therapy or simply therapy. Psychotherapy uses a range of techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insights into the problem with the goal being change in behaviour, relief of a particular symptom and personal growth. The type of therapy that is right for you depends on the individual and the situation. Most psychotherapy is focused on the communication between the individual and the therapist, but it is much more than simply talking about the problem. Psychotherapy is a professional relationship between a therapist and a client / patient that is based on therapeutic principles, structure and techniques. It differs from other relationships in many ways.
The Professional Relationship….
The relationship between a therapist and a client is strictly professional, the relationship exists with the sole purpose of therapy. The therapist is there for the patient for psychotherapy and expects nothing in return but payment for the time and expertise. This is an important point in reflecting how therapy differs from many other relationships. This also enables the relationship to be created which is solely about the individual in a strictly confidential space, where the person is free to explore a number of different aspects of life without being concerned about offending others or the implications on the particular relationship.
The way we talk….
Psychotherapy communication is different from social communication. Therapists are trained to understand what you say, your words and how you say them. They have been trained to deal with various situations and difficulties, they are familiar with various psychiatric illnesses and the difficulties of daily living. The therapist will facilitate the process in a very non-judgmental way. You may be frustrated by the way in which the communication happens, expecting advice and answers, rather the therapist facilitates communication to establish insight and understanding within a supportive space. This process will enable you to explore overwheling emotions and experieces.
How I work….
For me, it is important to work in a manner that is respectful to the person at all times. I try to create a non judgmental space, that is strictly confidential. I work collaboratively with the person in an evidence based manner that aims to establish an authentic relationship regardless of the persons characteristics, culture or social stature. I am interested in adult individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, group therapy and medico-legal cases.
The model of therapy I use is primarily BWRT. ‘BWRT®’ stands for ‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®’, a model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI. Like many other modern therapies, it allows a ‘core of privacy’ so that you do not have to divulge anything you would rather not talk about – in fact, the practitioner only needs to know how you feel and how you would prefer to feel instead. BWRT® is a completely new and different therapy based on the latest discoveries about the way the brain works and how it affects our moods, behaviour and emotions. Only Certified Practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT® and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code. Find out more at http://www.bwrt.org
I have often thought that the following quote is an apt description of the experience of psychotherapy.
“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.” Rumi