How to Choose the Right Psychotherapy or Counselling for You?
Individual therapies include Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy and Focused, Short Term Therapy.
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Before therapy begins, you will have an introductory meeting with your counsellor psychotherapist. During this session, you will be able to speak to her about the issues that have brought you into therapy. Together, you and she will discuss your needs and the kind of therapy that will be best suited to you. If, at the end of this session you want to go ahead, you will be able to book an appointment, usually for the following week.
Individual Therapy: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a model of therapy that is analytic in nature. It is a form therapy that focuses on exploring the patient’s unconscious as a way to understand feelings and behaviours. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a longer term therapy, that can last from six sessions to several years, depending upon the individual’s needs.
The concept of most psychodynamic therapy approach is that some maladaptive psychological functioning has taken place during the individual’s development and that at least some of this is unconscious. It is presumed that this maladaption started early in childhood so the exploration of early experiences is a key part of the therapy, with the aim of revealing and resolving the unconscious concepts that lie behind the symptoms. The therapist endeavours to keep their personality out of the relationship with the patient in order to present a ‘blank canvas’ onto which the patient can project or transfer deep feelings about themselves, their early care givers or significant others in their life.
Some of the techniques used by psychodynamic psychotherapists include, recognising resistance and transference, working through painful memories and difficult issues, free association and building a strong therapeutic alliance.
The Cavendish Psychotherapy Psychotherapists have worked with many patients on a long term basis in order to help them understand their emotional processes better through in depth exploration of their experiences.
Individual Therapy: Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy (CAT)
Cognitive Analytic Therapy or ‘CAT’ is a time limited model of therapy, usually 16-24 weeks, that focuses upon patterns of behaviour that are constantly repeated by a person to their detriment. These patterns are usually developed in childhood as a way of coping with emotional difficulties and deprivations and to protect the individual from emotional hurt. Often they were helpful in the past but are now ineffective and serve to hinder healthy emotional development.
The aim of CAT is for the therapist and patient to collaborate in recognising these maladaptive patterns, the thoughts behind them, the emotions and motivations and then to revise and change them. It is designed to enable patients to gain an understanding of how the difficulties they experience may be made worse by their habitual coping mechanisms and mobilise their own strengths and resources to bring about change.
The origins of these patterns are also explored, looking at early relationships in order for both the therapist and the patient to gain an insight into the reasons for the development of the behavioural patterns. In addition to identifying repeated patterns, CAT also looks at reciprocal roles. These identify problems as occuring between people and not within the patient and are again often set up in early life. (CAT is therefore particularly helpful in aiding patients recognise repeating patterns within relationships). For example, a person whose childhood experience is perceived as one of neglect or abandonment may be vulnerable to feelings of abandonment as an adult, or even behave in an abandoning way themselves.
Simply speaking, CAT brings together and applies the pragmatic, step-by-step based approach of the cognitive therapies with the more in depth emotional exploration of the analytic therapies.
Individual Therapy: Focused, Short Term Therapy
Focused therapy works on a specific issue that is currently affecting the individual. Short term therapy can work very well for mild depression, anxiety, or a specific relationship or work related issue. A Cavendish therapist will work with the individual for a minimum of six weeks.
The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice also offers a specific six week course of stress counselling.
For couples counselling and adult family counselling see our separate pages
On the left, above are listed some of the issues with which our psychotherapist counsellors regularly work.
Online Therapy and Counselling or Traditional Psychotherapy?
Online therapy, also known as e-therapy, e-counselling, tele-therapy or cyber-counselling is becoming a popular tool in therapy counselling. With busy modern and even international lives, it is sometimes difficult to attend a regular session at the therapists clinic and yet is is important to maintain regular contact in order to keep the therapy moving forward and allow the client to know that the support is there.
Online and Traditional Psychotherapy It is important to note that online therapy is not a replacement for traditional psychotherapy, however, used in conjunction with traditional face to face therapy is can be a vital tool in the continuation and flow of the therapeutic process. As with the more usual image of therapy, the client and therapist would meet at a prearranged time for the 50min therapy session. The environment that the therapist would meet the client would, like the therapy room, be confidential and private.
Online Therapy By Skype
The Cavendish Psychotherapy psychotherapists can offer online counselling via Skype for occasions when the client is unable to attend their usual session.
On the left are listed some of the issues with which our psychotherapist counsellors regularly work. For couples counselling and adult family counselling see our separate page.