Is Psychotherapy For Me?
Each person looking for therapy has different needs and concerns. There are times in our lives when we know we need support; worry and stress may become intolerable; a major life event occurs such as bereavement, the ending of a relationship, redundancy or retirement. Alternatively, we may be experiencing a sense of dissatisfaction or lack of fulfilment and searching for help in finding meaning in life and support to explore more fully who we are and develop our potential. This could be due to a recent experience, or an ongoing issue relating to something that has happened in the past but is still affecting us.
What are the signs that you may benefit from therapy?
Everyone will exhibit different responses to emotional or psychological stress however there are some common signs or symptoms that indicate that you may benefit from seeking help rather than struggling on your own.
- When you have felt an overwhelming, prolonged sense of unhappiness, helplessness and sadness.
- When your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts or those from family and friends.
- When you find it difficult to concentrate on day to day tasks or struggle to perform daily activities.
- When you find you are worrying excessively, expecting the worst or feel constantly on edge.
- When painful thoughts, memories or dreams become overwhelming.
- When you know your actions; eating or drinking too much, using drugs, recreational or medicinal, or being aggressive, are harming you or others.
Considering starting therapy can be a difficult step to take but finding an experienced therapist who is able to understand can feel like a relief.
What concerns can I discuss in psychotherapy?
There are many reasons why you might be considering having psychotherapy or analysis and there is a broad range of issues that I have been consulted about – here are some of them:
- Relationship issues and problems-especially when unhelpful or destructive patterns are being repeated
- Anxiety and stress, often disproportionate to events
- Unhappiness and Depression
- Difficulties with managing conflict
- An unhealthy drive towards perfectionism
- A sense of failure or shame or ‘impostor syndrome’ resulting in low self esteem or loss of confidence
- Self destructive behaviour and self harm (often addictive behaviours around food, alcohol or substances)
- Facing major life transitions.
- Feeling unable to get over a loss like a bereavement or relationship break up
- Suffering from unexplained physical symptoms
- Dealing with history of trauma or abuse
- Issues of identity, self image and body image
- Issues with sexuality
- Cultural and spiritual complexities
- Feelings of emptiness and lack of fulfillment in life
Is there evidence that this approach works?
The booklet “Making Sense of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis”, available on the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) website contains useful descriptions of the various therapies. It is available online and can be helpful in trying to decide what approach will suit you best.
The BPC website also has a section referring to research evidence supporting the efficacy of the psychoanalytic approach.
Considering starting therapy can be a difficult step to take but finding someone who is able to understand can feel like a relief.
I offer a confidential, safe and highly professional relationship in a caring and containing environment where you can discuss whatever may be troubling you and clarify areas of difficulty without fear of judgment.
Get in touch
It’s important that you feel comfortable with the therapist so please call or email me to arrange an initial brief telephone conversation. We will then meet for a consultation during which we will explore how we may work together before making a longer term commitment to ongoing therapy.
Chiswick and West London
Oxford House, 24 Oxford Road North, London, W4 4DH
Holborn & West End London
City Therapy Rooms, 33 Furnival Street
London EC4A 1JQ
Bloomsbury and Central London
CFP, 60 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QU