Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Does It Work?
A: There are various types of psychotherapy. Our approach is a sensible, down-to-earth approach. It’s not about abstract theory, but about your experience and concerns. Therapy is a process whereby a person and a psychotherapist meet together in a quiet, private environment to discuss difficulties that the person feels are creating a problem in his/her life and/or relationships. The discussion between the person and the counsellor is absolutely confidential. Entering a counselling or psychotherapeutic relationship primarily involves gaining a deeper understanding and acceptance of oneself.

 

It helps you to look at questions such as:

  • What are the implications of living my life the way I do?
  • How do I view myself and how do I relate to others?
  • What is important to me and what are my values?
  • What changes may be possible or desirable?
  • How can I live in a way that is meaningful to me?

 

Because the counsellor is trained to be accepting and totally non-judgmental, the person can feel free to fully express hidden feelings, ideas, and emotions in a counselling situation that he/she may never be able to express to friends or family. Allowing such feelings and emotions to come to the surface can sometimes be upsetting for people. The counsellor tries to create a climate that enables and supports the person in expressing their feelings in safety, and to come to accept that they are part of himself/herself. The counsellor also tries to help the person to explore whatever lies behind these feelings and emotions. In this way people can often get to the root of their problems and begin to discover possible options for themselves.

 

Q: What if I don’t “click” with my therapist?
A: Research has shown that one of the crucial success factors in psychotherapy is the quality of the relationship between the client and the therapist. Because this is so important, and if you don’t feel comfortable working with the therapist, feel free to discuss this frankly and openly with the therapist. They will be be happy to help find and refer you to another therapist.

 

Q: Can therapy fix me?
A: Counselling/psychotherapy does not involve giving advice or prescribing solutions to problems. Instead, it’s about looking at the possible options and choices that you have identified for yourself. This process can enable you to gain new perspectives on your problems, discover inner resources, and build the strength to make meaningful choices and live a more satisfying life.