Is Psychotherapy right for you?

Here are some ways to think about this, Are you interested in

  • Personal growth
  • Would you like to overcome your current limitations and rise to meet new challenges?
  • Release fears and worries that hold you back
  • Become more positive and change aspects of yourself that do not bring you fulfilment
  • Dissolve old patterns of thinking and behaviour that are outdated and no longer serve you
  • Find peace of mind, self confidence and a spirit of adventure!
  • Come to terms with painful loss and change, and learn how to grow from difficult experiences
  • Take time for a life review and renew your sense of purpose for the next phase
  • Learn about your personality style, and preferences and what support you need to succeed in life

Overcoming Difficulties in Life

Learning to accept, understand and work with profound wounds to your sense of self.  This work is about slowly coming to terms with what has happened, as much as it is possible to do so,  and learning to live more skilfully with the fallout from challenging events and situations, including trauma, loss, change and abuse. The understanding, empathy and also the experience of a psychotherapist in this field can be life-changing and empowering.

IMPROVING Relationships

  • You want to understand and change something that is happening in your relationships
  • You need help and support, individually or as a couple
  • You and your partner or family member would like to work on your issues together with a therapist who is neutral and supportive and can help you understand each other better and  improve your communication.

Mentoring and Life Coaching

  • What is it you wish you could do,  but you have blocks that prevent you?  Are there things you feel you can’t change about yourself?   Is there something you long for?
  • You are experiencing stress, reduced quality of life or a lack of achievement; relationships at work are challenging, or you need help with specific aspects of your work,  such as organisational, managerial, communication or writing skills
  • you want to focus upon some very specific work or career-based goals, with targets and assignments

Consider psychotherapy if some of these apply to you:

  • You have been experiencing psychological and emotional symptoms that reduce your quality of life for three months or more
  • You feel stressed or unhappy, and you want to take control and become more positive
  • You need support and some objective feedback
  • Your suffer from  anxiety or panic attacks, and you know it’s time to deal with it
  • You experience depression, sadness, low mood, or a sense that nothing has any point
  • You have been going through grief and bereavement that is prolonged and prevents you from functioning
  • Consequences of trauma
  • Consequences of abuse
  • Consequences neglect or abandonment in early life
  • Consequences of displacement
  • You would like support with issues of gender, and gender re-assignment
  • Problems in relationships that you cannot resolve
  • Certain situations or relationships keep repeating
  • You have low self confidence and it’s time to improve it so you can realise your potential
  • You want a reality check and to confirm if you are going in the right direction
  • You are required or requested to attend psychotherapy; this is something we would need to discuss as it needs to be your own free choice


  • You have a diagnosed mental health issue and you would like a personal psychotherapist in private practice  to work alongside your psychiatric team
  • Depression and anxiety-related conditions can respond well to psychotherapy, and you would need to discuss the possibilities with your potential psychotherapist as treatment is offered on a very individual basis
  • If you have an autistic-spectrum diagnosis, such as for example Asperger’s, psychotherapy is one way in which you can learn relationship and communication skills so you can perform to a high level
  • If you have been diagnosed with a personality disorder and you want to function as normally as possible, psychotherapy may be helpful, especially if there is no specialist treatment available for you
  • Eating Disorders:  psychotherapy can offer much needed support and self insight for people struggling with anorexia, bulimia, compulsive  and over-eating;  for some it is very supportive to receive private support outside of the health care system, although the results in reducing symptoms are variable.  Group approaches may be more effective than individual psychotherapy.
  • Psychotherapy may not be the best treatment for obsessive and compulsive thinking and disorders,  as insight into these behaviours is not sufficient to change them
  • A psychotherapist cannot prescribe medication.  You can continue taking medication while in psychotherapy, and you can discuss whether this may affect the work you will be able to do.
  • You would find it difficult to attend regular sessions
  • You do not believe there is any benefit in exploring the past, what is past is gone
  • You would prefer a short-term problem-solving approach without going into other aspects of your life
  • Working on yourself and talking about how you feel doesn’t appeal to you!
  • You want a very quick solution (magic is possible, but it takes time and focus)
  • Psychotherapy is not an ideal treatment for addiction, drug and alcohol abuse, which require a specialist treatment centre where therapy can be combined with other approaches to self-regulation
  • Private psychotherapy is not advised if you do not have any other form of support