Many people are apprehensive about starting therapy as they often do not know what to expect.
Therapy can be called psychotherapy, therapy, or counselling - they are much of a same thing. All three meet with clients in a confidential setting on a one to one basis to resolve problems, reflect on behaviours, beliefs and values. Some may use cognitive behavioural techniques which will help the client to process thoughts surrounding a difficult issues others will use talking therapy using listening skills, empathy and positive regard. Therapy should be tailored to your needs.

Therapy is a treatment aimed to heal emotional or psychological problems. It is a personal process and its success is dependent on the willingness of the client. Therefore it is important that the client makes the decision to attend therapy and isn't doing it for someone else’s benefit or on someone else’s insistence.
Clients may have tried to avoid painful feelings by developing self destructive behaviours and habits for self soothing amongst which are eating disorders, OCD, overuse of medication, drug or alcohol abuse, overworking or sexual or porn addictions .

Therapy is used to address issues that cause emotional distress. These issues maybe a current issue such as a relationship breakdown or stemming form a past event. Some people aren't quite sure what is causing their distress - but know they feel anxious or depressed. In these cases issues may be which may have been repressed or may have occurred in the preverbal stage . The reemergence of the thoughts and feelings about these issues can be painful but it is necessary to talk about them or they will remain. Therefore therapy can often make you feel worse initially but therapy will help to support you with these feelings.

Talking therapy can help you process painful feelings and the core issues that have caused you distress and can also help you to develop healthier skills and self soothing techniques and reflect on the negative behaviours which perpetuate uncomfortable feelings.

During your time in therapy you will form therapeutic relationship with your therapist who will model a healthy relationship.
Therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes long. The amount you are charged will also cover the therapists time to prepare the session, arrange for your next session and any administrative work involved in writing notes.

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