Talking through your difficulties can help with mental health issues, psychological, and emotional challenges.

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Psychotherapy Heals

There are times in all our lives when our emotions feel overwhelming, and we can even become unwell with a mental health problem. Having psychotherapy can help us to better understand ourselves and to work through our difficulties.

Having some psychotherapy is just about the most significant and interesting thing you could do to improve your chances of contentment - in relationships, at work, and with friends and family. It is not only reserved for the select few who are highly disturbed, but for individuals like you and me.

Psychotherapy consists of meeting with a psychotherapist on a regular basis for sessions that last fifty minutes. This stable, confidential structure gives you and your therapist the chance to connect with and understand what is happening at a deeper level. By being so generous with time, attention and thought, psychotherapy can bring about authentic and lasting change, even when working with substantial emotional difficulties.

It is for any person(s) struggling with issues, in relation to:

  • trauma, traumatic stress, and post-traumatic stress

  • separation and loss

  • grief

  • anger management

  • emotional pain

  • losing control over strong emotions

  • relationship issues (partner, work, social)

  • work stress

  • interpersonal and object attachment issues

  • intimacy and sexual issues

  • codependence

  • chronic self-reliance

  • avoidance

  • compulsive caregiving

  • guilt and shame

  • rejection

  • chronic pain

  • chronic health illnesses

  • lifestyle changes - retirement adjustment, relocation

  • trauma, neglect and abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)

  • obsessive-compulsive concerns

  • self-identity and acceptance

  • gay, lesbian, transgender issues

  • disturbed thoughts and feelings

  • terror and despair

  • end of life issues

  • alienation

  • search for meaning

  • anxiety and mood issues

  • phobias

  • psychosomatic and health issues (e.g., Type-2 Diabetes, insomnia, headaches)

  • substance use (alcohol or other drug)

  • addictions

  • eating issues

  • sexual dysfunction (e.g., erectile dysfunction)

  • schizophrenia and psychosis

  • personality disorders (characteristical problems, leading to interpersonal difficulties with others)

Adolescent and Young Adult-related disorder issues:

  • anxiety disorders

  • mood disorders

  • attention-deficit and hyperactivity

  • selective mutism

  • night terrors

  • enuresis and encopresis (elimination problems)

  • reactive attachment disorder

  • disinhibited attachment disorder

  • emergent personality issues

Therapies Offered

As we recognise that no one suffers the same way, we have available an array of evidence-based and practice-based forms of therapy that is best suited for your unique set of issues.  

Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic/ Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy examines one's background and internal sense of self and other.  By building one's capacity for awareness of unconscious desires and psychological defences, one may develop insight and resolve their difficulties.  Establishing itself as an evidence-based therapy, research has found that it is effective and clients report ongoing change as much as 12-months after completing therapy.

It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development which comes about by increasing awareness of a client’s inner world and the influence this has over all relationships, both past and present.  

Occasionally, the treatment might be of short duration during a period of crisis but generally speaking psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is best considered as a longer-term treatment involving a significant commitment for both patient and therapist.

This type of therapy can help with a variety of psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, post-traumatic stress and personality difficulties. It can also help people who are experiencing a loss of meaning or seeking a greater sense of fulfilment in their life.  

Systemic-Attachment-Psychoanalytic Models

Drawing on the three main areas, Attachment Theory is used to understand disorganised states and its links to Borderline Personality.  Psychoanalytically, the role of trauma and shame is explored, and systemic ideas on the person's role in society are used as a way to make meaning of clients' struggles and establish ways of managing their issues for long-term gain.

Schema Therapy

An evidence-based therapy for the treatment of maladaptive emotional schemas and personality disorders.  This mode incorporates many strong components from various therapies  and is lauded to be useful to assist in identifying schema triggers, surrender and overcompensation responses.

Circle of Security (COS) Parenting Intervention

Having established itself as an evidence-based early intervention for assisting parents in their role in managing their children in a safe, respectful and effective way, it has been shown to increase attachment and security.  This therapy mode is popular amongst parents who suffer from their own personal insecurities as well.  For a comprehensive description of the COS Parenting program, visit Circle of Security International

Mindfulness

This mode of therapy focuses on promoting mindfulness as opposed to mindlessness, techniques are used to assist with stilling oneself and nurturing a sense of awareness of one's internal and external experience.  Research supports the effectiveness of mindfulness to aid in a range of psychological and physical ailments.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT as it is fondly referred to provides a structured way of assisting clients to learn to notice and accept their experiences, and change their relationship they have with their struggles.  By a process of defusion, one learns to relinquish control and make a plan toward committed change.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT assumes that your thoughts impact your feelings, and thus your behaviours.  By challenging unhelpful cognitive assumptions, one may interpret the world more rationally.  Viewed by most as being evidence-based, this is a staple on every clinical psychologist's background. 

 

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