What is Psychotherapy
How can it help?
Therapy is a place that gives you the time and space to explore current issues and problems that are happening in your life. Although therapy is not advice giving and a therapist wont tell you what you need to do, it can be a place where you sit with another person who can give you knowledge, understanding and perspective from a different lense. As part of therapy there sometimes are ways that can be suggested to you on how to deal with specific difficulties. You get to decide and choose whether these suggestions are a good fit for you.
Sometimes tips, tools, strategies and homework can all be useful ways to make changes in your life. It can be a great starting point for you if you are in a place where you feel stuck and unsure. Sometime things can seem so overwhelming that it is difficult to think and make discerning decisions. Sometimes it can be a place where you relearn to trust yourself.
Every person is different and there are no set ways to deal with problems so it is good for you to be patient with yourself and the therapy process. When you engage in therapy some sessions might feel as if you gained nothing and other sessions you might think you had a lightbulb moment. Therapy is not a linear process and remember it has taken you some time to get to where you are now and if you are looking to change areas in your life it can take a little to implement new ways of being.
As part of therapy, you may experience uncomfortable, even painful feelings such as sadness, anxiety, anger and frustration. Unpleasant aspects of personal history may be recalled. A therapist is trained in a particular way to support you as uncomfortable feelings arise for you.
Therapy is a collaborative process so it is important that you and your therapist can work together as a team
Research has shown that the thing that makes therapy work the most is the relationship between the therapist and client and not learning new skills and strategies
It is important in therapy that you feel heard and the therapist validates your experience. It is also important that the areas of difficulty are challenged in order for you to grow. This might be confronting for you and it is important to explore this in your therapy sessions.
As a client you can certainly set an agenda for the session and this could be in relation to how you are feeling, past experiences or fears you may have. It is also acceptable for you to come with nothing to discuss and to see what unfolds during the session
Therapy can help you become aware of your own blindspots and help you find new ways of looking at situations and also help you handle things on your own rather than relying on a therapist. The more engaged you are in your therapy the more benefits you will gain.
What is the difference between seeing a Psychologist and Psychotherapist ?
There are lots of similarities and differences between Psychologists and Psychotherapists. Some Psychologists are Psychotherapist and some Psychotherapists are Psychologists .
Psychologists have a 4 year training program in general and their training focuses on Mental Health and sometimes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Psychology is regulated by AHPRA in Australia. Initial training as a Psychologist does not require you to undergo your own personal therapy but sometimes Psychologists will do further training in approaches such as Psychodynamics, Gestalt, Family Therapy which focus more on the talk therapy elements of their work.
Psychotherapists usually undertake a 3-4 year qualification that involves personal therapy and specialises in a range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss etc. and learning a variety of talk therapy models including Choice Theory, Gestalt, Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy. Psychotherapy assists people to explore and understand yourself and your experiences. It also helps you identify how past experience influence your current responses to lifes' events . Most therapists are either a member of ACA or PACFA in Australia
At the beginning it is recommended you attend weekly or fortnightly to begin with. Psychotherapy can help you with a number of concerns
As a Therapist I have specific interest in working with the following
Trauma, Complex Trauma & PTSD
Anxiety & Stress
Depression & Loneliness
Chronic Illness & Autoimmune Concerns
Eating Distress & Relationship with Food
Physical ,Emotional & psychological Abuse
Grief & Loss
Mental Health & Wellness
Migrants living away from home
Spiritual Emergency & Integrating Psychedelic experiences
Psychotherapy Fees & Rates
Initial Consultation Fee - 1 hour session:
$130 for New & Return clients with a break of over 3 months
Psychotherapy - 1 hour session
Psychotherapy – 1.5 hour session
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