How Does Psychotherapy Help?
Psychotherapy helps people to:
- Understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness.
- Understand and identify the life problems or events — like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job or a divorce — that contribute to their illness and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve.
- Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
- Learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills.
Who can benefit from Psychotherapy?
People seek therapy for many different reasons, usually when they are not happy with aspects of their lives. They may lack a sense of well-being, or have a desire for greater self-knowledge and insight into the causes of their distress. Therapy provides a confidential setting in which emotional difficulties can be explored.
The list below indicates some of the range of difficulties that people come with.
- anxiety, stress, panic attacks,
- depression, irritability,
- work-related difficulties,
- eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa
- identity and trans-cultural issues,
- effects of abuse, whether emotional, physical or sexual
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- personality disorder, sexuality and gender,
- alcoholism and other substance misuse
- family and relationships, pregnancy and parenting
- loss, bereavement and grief
- phobias and obsessions
- suicidal feelings
- emotionally-related health problems
- effects of racism, homophobia, discrimination and social exclusion
Therapy involves evaluating your thoughts and behaviours, identifying stresses that contribute to your condition, and working to modify both.