This Psychotherapy section provides general information on
If you are
looking for a therapist it is very important to go with what feels right as well
as checking out the person or organisation you approach. All professional
psychotherapists should be happy to show their qualifications, insurance, and be
able to provide you with some background information on the way they work as
part of a pre consultation discussion.
Psychotherapeutic approaches have many forms, from pure cognitive therapy, to the purely
spiritual form. Most are somewhere between the two extremes or poles.
Many people ask what the difference is between psychotherapy and counselling
and to answer this with absolute clarity is tricky. There is a degree of
crossover between the two, although as a general guide, counselling tends towards
being short term with a focus on resolving specific issues. For example career
counselling or bereavement counselling.
Psychotherapy tends to help people deal with longer standing issues, possibly
of a much deeper and personal nature. This work tends to be longer term, but very much
depends on the individual, their past and present circumstances, and the issues
involved. The form psychotherapy takes can also affect the time involved.
For example one my seek help with a recurring
problem with relationships which keep going wrong, or perhaps issues around
perceived irrational fears with no apparent explanation but which may be deep
seated and/or compounded by early life experiences.
Being haunted by the past or having feelings of general
dissatisfaction with life can have a serious impact, psychotherapy can help each
of us lead a more settled and fulfilling life by helping us to understand,
accept and overcome.
For many of us, making the first steps towards seeking professional help can be one of the hardest
things to do. So many judgments can arise such as; Am I mad? What will people
think? how much will it cost, and can I afford it? or even thoughts like "It opens a can of worms I
don't want to see", and of course there is the general fear many of us have of the
Here we hope to be able to provide a general guide to some of the
psychotherapies available in a clear and concise way together along with a brief
history of Psychotherapy.
The cost of psychotherapy varies considerably but as a general guide a one
hour session costs between £30 and £75. Many forms are available on the NHS
but tend to be short term. Beware of anyone offering therapy free of charge
unless they are undergoing professional supervised training.
According to The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is the provision by qualified practitioners of
a formal and professional relationship within which patient(s)/client(s) can
profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences. These
may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of
meaning in one’s life. It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an
increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more
autonomous and self determined. Psychotherapy may be provided for individuals or
children, couples, families and groups.