Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is one of several forms of treatment for mental health and emotional disorders. This is provided by our psychology clinics at Harley Street and within a sympathetic, understanding environment.

What is psychotherapy?

It is a form of therapy in which a patient talks about their problems to a therapist who provides an objective, balanced viewpoint. The patient is encouraged to be open about what is bothering them and to discuss issues which they have previously found too painful to talk about with others.

Once the patient has reached a deeper understanding of the issues which are causing their mental distress they are then in a position to resolve them. This means changing aspects of their behaviour, their thoughts, attitudes and actions. It can mean looking at life from a ‘glass half full’ perspective and putting things into perspective.

The aim is for you to build a trusting, long term relationship with the therapist which will help you to develop ways of coping with the cause of your condition. This can take months or even years in some cases.

Types of psychotherapy

There are different forms of psychotherapy and the type used depends upon your condition and individual needs.

They include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Humanistic therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Family and/or marital therapy

These encourage you to talk about events from your childhood as well as in the present to see if there are any links between your behaviour then and now. The therapist may use play, art or music as forms of communication, particularly in sessions with children or teenagers.

These therapies are used to help you confront your fears and develop ways to overcome them. It also helps you to recognise your strengths as well as your weaknesses and to celebrate your achievements.

You can attend a session on your own, as a couple or as a family. All sessions are conducted in the strictest confidence and with the emphasis on you and your needs.