WHAT HAPPENS IN THERAPY
The first goal of therapy is to understand what is getting in the way of having a rich and meaningful life, and secondly working on a plan to move towards how you would like your life to be. This can include changing some activities or behaviours, understanding how your thinking impacts on how you feel and act, or working on how you relate better to other people. Certain problems, including anxiety disorders or depression, may benefit from a specific evidence-based treatment. Learning new ways to face challenges may help you to manage life situations.
An important building block of successful therapy is that the therapist and the client have a respectful and positive collaborative working relationship. A brief phone call before you book your first session might help you to decide whether we could work well together. Over the years I have worked with people from different backgrounds and continue to learn from each new person I see.
Talking about problems can be informative in understanding the experiences that have shaped a person, but the real change comes from a willingness to do things differently. Change may feel uncomfortable to start with, but flexibility in thought and action makes therapy (and life in general) more successful.