Psychotherapy and counselling are talking treatments, sometimes referred to as the ‘talking cure’. It uses talking to help with a broad variety of emotional issues, mental health problems and associated physical and behavioural issues. As with many things, therapy isn’t for everyone, however, it has successfully helped countless people for many years, all over the world, to make positive lasting change.
At Therapy Unlimited, we aim to build good ethical therapeutic relationships with clients. Research tells us consistently that the most significant factor in determining whether therapies have been helpful to the client, is a good relationship in which trust has been built between client and therapist. This relationship is referred to as the ‘therapeutic alliance’ and includes important components, such as feeling heard, understood, empowered to make decisions and supported.
To date, there are roughly about fifty different types of talking therapy, however, a much smaller number are more common and may sound familiar. Below is a little information to give you a sense of some of the therapy approaches we can offer you, to help you better understand what counselling and psychotherapy is about and assist you in deciding whether starting therapy feels right for you.
These approaches are relevant to both individual and couples therapy.
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What is Existential Psychotherapy and how can it help?
Existential Psychotherapy is a diverse and philosophically informed approach to psychotherapy and counselling. It aims to increase understanding of the human condition.
How this applies to you in the day-to-day, is that in talking through your concerns with your therapist, it is less concerned with pathologising you, and more interested in helping you to gain insight about your experiences and the problems you’re facing in your life. This can help you to both ask and answer important life questions, both big and small.
Existential Psychotherapy can also help with a variety of difficult and painful issues as it can be an optimistic approach, helping you to identify and achieve what you want for yourself.
This type of therapy can be transformational and empowering, enabling you to increase awareness of your potential and make important life choices. It is open-minded and endeavours to help you to enrich your life and improve your relationships both with yourself and others, supporting you to live more authentically and meaningfully.
Examples of just a few of the questions Existential psychotherapy might examine may include:
Who am I really?
What’s my life purpose?
Who am I supposed to be?
What does happiness mean to me?
How can I make sense of my suffering?
What is blocking me from achieving what I hope for?
Existential therapy is helpful to people suffering with a broad variety of emotional and behavioural problems and other challenges including:
Addiction, Anxiety, Apathy, Bereavement and loss, Choices, Death/Terminal illness, Depression, Fear, Finding meaning, Guilt, Loneliness and isolation, Passivity or problems with autonomy, Relationships and Spiritual challenges.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how can it help?
CBT, a popular form of therapy, is an active therapy approach which aims to help you to increase your awareness of your personal thinking patterns, and how your thinking impacts your feelings, physical sensations and behaviour.
For example, you may find yourself overthinking things, feeling like you can’t switch off from thinking about things, having worrying thoughts about what will happen in future or what people will think of you, or generally thinking negatively. How we think about things, people or situations can sometimes then affect how we feel physically and/or emotionally, and subsequently can impact how we then behave.
The way we think can either be helpful or unhelpful, and CBT can help you to pinpoint and alter unhelpful thinking patterns, make sense of overwhelming feelings and in turn, positively impact how you behave.
CBT can be effective in helping you to feel more in control and can be offered for a variety of problems, including: Anger Management, Anxiety, Panic, Stress, Problematic thinking, Eating Disorders, Fear, Depression and Trauma, etc.