Psychotherapy Helps

Counselling & Psychotherapy in South Hertfordshire

About Therapy

Why seek counselling/therapy?

People's journeys through life may at any stage present rocky patches, periods of profound challenge, loss and unhappiness. When someone feels the need for support it can be invaluable to receive the help of a counsellor or therapist. We are professional therapists who will empathise without judging, promote insights without taking over, and can encourage growth and new understanding without exerting pressure.

It is very common for clients to experience significant periods of personal growth, strengthening and healing as a result of their therapy.

Indeed, it can literally be a life-changing experience.

People are suitable for therapy regardless of age, colour, race, religion, sexual orientation or educational status.

What is therapy?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are "talking treatments" which are highly effective in addressing many kinds of emotional distress (for example depression, anxiety, and grieving). Many people find counselling and psychotherapy extremely helpful at times of personal trouble, loss, and distress or when we feel cut off from feelings or important relationships.

As Psychodynamic Psychotherapists, Joan and Steve, offer Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy for individuals,young adults and couples.

Psychodynamic therapy seeks both to support you in current difficulties and distress, and also to explore links with past experiences and influences.

As the relationship between you and your therapist develops, great relief can be experienced with the emergence of understanding about the feelings, thoughts, states of mind and patterns of behaviour which are troublesome, and how they might relate to earlier experiences.

How does therapy work?

This client-therapist relationship can be helpful by:

  • offering a reliable and confidential relationship free from the pressures of everyday life
  • providing support during times of change and crisis
  • deepening an awareness of oneself, and of one's relationships
  • providing a safe place to express worrying or frightening feelings
  • making sense of recurrent problems by making links with the past
  • challenging unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour
  • clarifying possible options and helping to heal old hurts and conflicts

What issues can be brought to therapy?

Often when people are troubled and looking for counselling or therapeutic support, they may be feeling confused and unsure about exactly what kind of professional service would help.

Therapy can be valuable with very many personal problems, which include:

  • Depression or low mood swings
  • Abuse
  • Anxiety, and panicky feelings
  • Times of change and challenge
  • Phobias Learning and education
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Bullying and victimisation
  • Low self-esteem and a lack of confidence
  • Eating problems
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Self-harm
  • Shock and trauma
  • Lack of motivation or direction
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Obsessive behaviour
  • Stress
  • Health and body issues
  • Mid-life transitions
  • Feeling cut off or isolated

But please note: This list is not exhaustive; and we believe that people are complex individuals, each with their own unique life histories, values and meaning.

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