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  • Psychotherapy FAQ
  • Can you give some examples of some of the most successful cases?

    Some of the clients that really stick out in my mind are the ones that have come...that have been really nervous, or they've had something that's really impacting on their daily life. And throughout the sessions, as they begin to unpick and unravel what's troubling them and they share this in a safe space with someone who's truly listening and trying to understand their point of view, quite often they find their own answers and they find their own way of being resilient, and almost find their own tools in the long run to become their own therapist. And that's really rewarding when I work with people like that, because session on session, you see their confidence grow as they start to make the connections for themselves. And generally, by the end of our time together, they leave knowing, in the future, should something impact on their lives again, they can actually draw on their own resources and if...so to speak, be their own therapist.

  • How are attitudes to psychology and therapy changing?

    We are definitely seeing a shift in terms of people's attitudes toward mental health and psychology in general, and it's no coincidence that businesses are increasingly starting to see the hidden value in applying psychological techniques and strategies to the business environment. And certainly with young people, they are very much more open to working on these things and one of the sad facts is that it's often older people who are resistant to it. And so if and when they do come to see somebody like me, their issues tend to be more entrenched. So definitely being proactive about your mental health and your self-development is vital.

  • What questions should people ask when trying to find a good therapist?

    Therapists aren't the same, the same way that, you know, not all friendships are the same. So it's really important to use the assessment session. So, that's the first session for the client and the counsellor to really work out if they're a really good fit to work together if they click and if they're the best match. There's no obligation in the first session or in any point in the therapy so the client, where we welcome the client to think about is this the best therapist for you and is this one who you want to spend your therapy sessions with.

  • Why is psychology no longer a taboo subject?

    There is definitely a shift in terms of people's attitude to therapy and psychology in general. For years, it was a very taboo subject and many people would only seek out therapy if they were in crisis. But what we're starting to see now and what I'm really pleased to encourage, is this idea about being proactive about your well-being, being proactive about managing situations, but also seeking out therapy as a form of self-development, so how can you apply that to a whole host of arenas like sports, business, interpersonal relationships, because psychology is definitely the heart of all those things.