Here are some questions we have been asked in the twenty years of Perspective Psychotherapy being established:
How can Psychotherapy help?
Exploring an issue increases your awareness of it, and psychotherapy helps by providing you with a safe environment in which to carry out this exploration. A psychotherapist can help you to uncover patterns, causes and symptoms attached to a problem. Through the counselling process you discover new options and choices, and are then free to choose what changes, if any, you wish to make to start a process of positive change and personal growth.
Do I need to have serious problems to need to talk to a psychotherapist?
No! If something is weighing on your mind, however trivial it may seem to you, it is not too unimportant to share with a counsellor. If something is bothering you, blocking you, preventing you from making the most of your life, then it is important. You may wish to take stock of your life, learn more about your personality or explore how you can become more effective at clarifying and achieving your goals in life. You don’t have to have a 'problem'.
Does working with a psychotherapist mean I am too weak to cope with my own problems?
A common fear, but on the contrary, it takes courage to realise and admit you have a problem or difficulty. It is a sign of strength and intelligence to seek outside help to resolve a problem when you have reached a dead end through your own efforts.
What problems do people bring to a psychotherapist?
The list is endless! It may include almost any life dilemna, worry or personal crisis. However, no concern is too trivial or too serious. Common issues include: Relationship/family problems, alcohol and/or drug dependency, loss or bereavement, unplanned pregnancy, general feelings of stress and anxiety, panic attacks, low self esteem or even a simple desire for personal growth.
What happens in a psychotherapy session?
Generally the psychotherapist will work with whatever issue you bring to the session. The methods used will be decided between you, but the overall aim is to help you resolve the issues troubling you. The psychotherapist will discuss various ways of proceeding and help you make the decision on the best path to follow, but the choice is yours.
Is it confidential?
Absolutely, both the fact you are seeing a psychotherapist and the information divulged. Your specific permission is required before sharing information with anybody else.
What can I expect from pyschotherapy?
You can expect confidentiality, a non-judgemental attitude and complete respect. Your psychotherapist makes a commitment to sessions at mutually agreed times and will make every effort to contact you if they have to cancel a session.