Psychotherapy and counselling are talking treatments, applied 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 a diverse range of 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. Though the relationship between you and your therapist is the most important thing, below is some introductory 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 to assist you in deciding whether starting individual or couples therapy feels right for you.
Existential Psychotherapy is a diverse and philosophically informed approach to psychotherapy and counselling. Many practitioners have been influenced by philosophic enquiry, including Freud during the 1800’s. 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 painful problems you’re facing in your life, helping you to identify and achieve what you want for yourself. This can help you to both ask and answer important life questions, both big and small.
This type of therapy can be optimistic, 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.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT, a popular form of therapy that emerged in the 1960’s, 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 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.