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About Therapy

Symptoms & the Psychotherapy Process Common symptoms of emotional difficulties that do not resolve spontaneously:

Psychotherapy is a process focused on healing and learning coping skills to deal with the problems or issues in your life. It can also be a supportive process when going through a difficult period or under increased stress. Generally, psychotherapy is recommended whenever a person is grappling with a life, relationship or work issue or a specific mental health concern, and these issues or concerns are causing the individual a great deal of pain or upset for longer than a few days. Typically, most people see their therapist once a week for 50 minutes.

Some psychotherapy tends to focus on problem solving and is goal-oriented. This is done simply through talking and discussing techniques that the therapist can suggest that may help you better navigate those difficult areas in your life. Psychotherapy is most successful when an individual enters with a strong desire to change. Change means altering those aspects of your life that aren't working for you any longer and are identified with the help of your therapist as contributing to your problems or ongoing issues. Psychotherapy is often about challenging one's existing set of beliefs and often, one's very self. It is most successful when a person is able and willing to try to do this in a safe and supportive environment.

Psychotherapy, also known as 'talking therapy', provides an opportunity for deeply personal issues to be spoken about with a trained professional who is not personally associated with the individual (s) seeking help. This therapeutic relationship allows previously unknown areas of the self to be explored, thereby releasing potential and allowing tension to be released. By putting words and meaning to unexpressed feelings, sometimes by visualization, symbolic and/or pictorial images, transformation (change) of psychological experience can take place. Through the establishment of a trust-based relationship with a therapist, the well rooted and established foundations of inner feelings can be explored, and new unknown emotional links can be made to the past. In this way the therapist and client work together to transform old experience into new patterns of feeling, thinking and living.