This term means the use of therapeutic measures which enable us and empower us to alter the way we think, feel and behave in certain situations or in the arena of life.
It is useful for EVERYONE. There is a phrase which sums up an elegant idea which is “you don’t have to be ill to get better”. In our society though, psychotherapy is still popularly associated with being “ill” or having something wrong with you. When it is realised that those things which are perceived as problems, are very often simply manifestations of misinterpretation of the situations we find our selves in, it is possible to see problems quite differently, and know that the emotional pain we are feeling could be either unneccessary or just too much for the situation.
All therapists are all required to experience psychotherapy of some sort as part of the their training and everyone finds something they may choose to work with.
Psychotherapy is quite different from counselling in that there are often challenges and exercises, specifically designed to change ways of thinking and feeling. Some forms of counselling, on the other hand, are useful for gaining insights, but often fall short of producing the required change in some cases. Insights form the basis for change, not the substance. A physical analogy can help here ...
“If you have a pain in your leg after a fall, the knowledge alone that it is a fracture does not cure the injury, but it does indicate appropriate care.” Insight alone is not enough!
Please note that not everyone shares this view.
Some types of problems respond well to particular modes of therapy.
There are literally scores of different therapeutic approaches and so for the potential client, the task of finding the right approach may be quite difficult. In addition, many therapists specialise in but one approach and whilst they can opine the suitability of their approach for a specific issue, they may not be well placed to comment on a best course of action and are unlikely to be able to switch approaches should their therapeutic route be blocked or their client can not “do” their approach.
For this reason, this therapist has sought to integrate approaches from a broad base of differing schools - from the psychodynamic to the gestalt, from transactional analysis to regression, and so on.
There are five distinct approaches used by this therapist which form the basis of this synthesis or psychotherapy. You may find these pages useful in understanding how these approaches are used;