What is therapy?
Therapy, also known as counselling, is the process of exploring and discussing any specific issues you may be facing. The aim is to help individuals overcome any problems in their lives and ultimately restore emotional well-being.
Therapy takes place within a safe and confidential space with a trained therapist who will explore the thoughts and feelings that may have given rise to the problem. Having learnt to recognise and address the issues, you are helped to manage them and, in the end, to overcome or learn to live with them.
What's therapy with Emily like?
As your therapist, it is my job to guide you through the therapeutic process in a way that will promote your well-being. Depending on the circumstances that led to you seeking therapy, we may look at your history and why you have been feeling affected by your situation.
Our initial meeting will probably consist of a broad discussion and what you can expect from a course of therapy. I usually advise a minimum of eight sessions although sometimes it can be appropriate to work on a shorter or longer-term basis.
During the therapy sessions we may explore a range of past feelings and experiences in order to understand how they affected your current state of mind. This can create a greater sense of understanding and self-awareness that will help us to restore your emotional well-being.
In addition to guiding you through your thoughts using specific questioning, my role will be to equip you with a range of practical and emotional tools that you will be able to apply to your life moving forwards.
Is therapy for me?
Many people find it is easier to discuss and resolve specific emotional difficulties by speaking with a therapist rather than with family or friends. Therapists are uninvolved, objective and sympathetic and will always respect your confidentiality.
Therapy can be applied to many types of personal emotional difficulty. Here are a few examples but please note that there are many others:
Deciding to embark on therapy requires courage but it is the first step towards resolving the problems you are experiencing and can lead to restoring your emotional sense of well-being.