How can Psychotherapy help you?

Everyday life can be complex and demanding, so it’s not uncommon to experience a sense of disconnection, uneasiness or unhappiness. Psychotherapy can help you work through and unravel these problems.

At the Dorset Street Practice, I offer a ‘talking therapy’, where I will work with you as an individual, focusing on and understanding how your unique life experiences might be contributing to current difficulties.

By providing a calm, confidential and consistent therapeutic setting, the aim of psychotherapy is to enable you to access and work through a series of factors. Some of these you will be aware of, whilst others may not be so immediately apparent. These factors can shape and affect your ability to deal with everyday life events.

I can help guide you through these factors during our sessions, and as a result, together we can significantly reduce emotional suffering and improve health and wellbeing, leading to greater fulfilment in life.

Psychotherapy at Dorset Street Practice can help individuals who are experiencing a variety of difficulties.
These can include: 

- living
- learning
- working
- relating
These difficulties can then emerge in a variety of forms, such as:

- anxiety
- depression
- general unhappiness
- relationship breakdown
- sexual or intimacy difficulties
- personal crises 
At times, these difficulties can manifest themselves in rigid and ongoing patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, which are maladaptive. Psychotherapy may also provide help to individuals who are experiencing more serious disturbances.

The Therapeutic Process

It takes a considerable amount of time to really understand someone, so to achieve the best outcome, psychotherapy is often considered an open-ended process.

Psychotherapy usually involves ongoing and regular sessions, typically between one to three-four times weekly that last fifty minutes. This may seem like a lengthy process, but in order to work through past events with entrenched patterns, this cannot be resolved by brief focal treatments.

This form of treatment is typically indicated as a secondary intervention when a brief treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has not provided the expected outcomes. Psychotherapy may also be indicative when difficulties are more complex, intransigent, and involve disturbance of intrapersonal and/or interpersonal functioning.  

This form of treatment works on the emotional relationship that emerges between the psychotherapist and the patient in a consistent therapeutic setting.

This relationship is designed to promote and explore the powerful internal dynamics that affect who you are as a person, and how you relate to others. This approach pays special attention to the important formative influence of significant relationships from early infancy to the present day in your life.