Types of Therapy

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Psychodynamic therapy is a collaborative process. Individuals are helped to resolve their present day problems by developing a deeper understanding and insight into their situation. Therapy begins by looking at the way an individual is experiencing and coping with present day issues. The therapist and client will explore together the individual’s relationships, behaviours and ways of relating and whether these are effective in managing their emotional distress.

A psychodynamic therapist works with the understanding that some difficulties and ways of coping arise from repeating patterns of behaviour or creating relationships in a similar way from a young age.

During the course of therapy, the therapist will enable the client to develop better coping strategies to manage their concerns. The goal of therapy is to enable the individual to experience less anxiety, develop better self-esteem and maintain more satisfying relationships

Counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably but usually counselling is used more often for short term therapy and focuses on one issue such as stress management.

Therapy issues

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a short term therapy which can help people problem solve. It focuses on the relationship between thoughts and feelings and the behaviours that follow. Through CBT people learn how their perceptions directly affect their reactions in certain situations. E.g. a person with anxiety may believe that everything will turn out badly, expect a negative outcome and only focus on the negative things that happen. They may block out thoughts or actions that would disprove their negative belief system.

CBT helps people become aware of their focus on negative reactions to a situation and learn to think of different outcomes and develop a more positive mindset.

Couple or Marriage Counselling

Couple counselling is a therapy which supports people in their relationship. It is helpful for couples seeking separation or improved intimacy and understanding. It is suitable for all couples, whether single, married, living together or apart, straight or gay. Therapy helps each partner to learn more about the other and acquire healthy problem solving skills.

At the start of therapy, the marriage counsellor may interview both partners together or separately during their first few meetings and provide feedback. They may ask about you r difficulties in the relationship and how you would like your relationship to continue. The therapist will help the couple set therapeutic goals and develop a plan for therapy so each person knows what to expect. It is not uncommon for disagreements to arise in therapy but with the help of an ethical unbiased counsellor, these can be worked through. Some counsellors offer supplemental individual sessions for each partner as part of the treatment to help resolve some issues.

As treatment progresses each partner may become a better listener and communicator. The goal of therapy if for partners to learn to support each other in new ways or to separate in the healthiest way possible.