What will therapy look like?
People seek out psychological therapy for a number of reasons. For example, a specific experience they have had and the memories and emotions connected to that. Others may want help with negative behaviours or emotions that they are experiencing, difficulties they are encountering in their relationships with others or stress related to work. However, many people are unable to identify specific “causes” or “symptoms” of their discomfort. For these people it may be a feeling of disconnect or detachment with the world around them or perhaps an underlying sense that change is needed in their lives, that brings them to therapy.
During individual therapy you will spend time exploring the issues that have brought you to the sessions. This might be achieved through talking about your past and childhood as well as more recent experiences. You may be encouraged to think about how you interact with the world around you and the influence that the world has upon you. I take care to form a safe and secure relationship with my clients and treatment is a collaborative process.
For some people, having the space to be heard, tell their story and process what it means to them is enough. Others may require a brief intervention of structured work to address specific issues. Open ended, long term work is also available and your progress will be reviewed approximately every 4 sessions.
Therapy as a form of self-care is a core value at Lea Psychology. This means that I am passionate about empowering people to access therapy and engage in open, honest conversations about their mental health. I encourage people to regularly access support to talk through the changes and challenges in themselves and their lives in order to maintain good mental health. Just as I would advise somebody to regularly exercise and eat healthily to look after their physical health, I believe that therapy isn’t something only to be accessed in crisis.