What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy refers to a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems, emotional challenges, and some psychiatric disorders.
Psychotherapy aims to enable clients, to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed. This can equip them to cope with difficult situations in a more adaptive way.
What to expect
Often, the course of therapy can be 1 year or many more; individuals who are eager to change and willing to put in the effort often report positive results.
Psychotherapy can provide help with a range of problems, from depression and low self-esteem to addiction and family disputes.
Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by their problems and unable to cope may be able to benefit from psychotherapy.
Combined with medication, it can play a role in treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
In psychotherapy sessions, you can be shown how past trauma can influence how you act in the present-day. Sometimes, you may want to change something, yet something holds you back. Sometimes you want to act, but don’t.
Psychotherapy has the benefit of giving us someone to talk to. It can create a new way of looking at difficult problems, and help us move towards a solution.
We can gain a better understanding of ourselves and our own goals and values, and can develop skills for improving relationships.
It can help to overcome specific problems, such as an eating disorder or a pobia.
Our yearning to change may be in our conscious mind, but our subconscious mind may have other designs, so as a consequence, we end up more confused or disconsolate.
Psychotherapy sessions help to deal with all forms of trauma from our past. Therapy help us to identify how our past can negatively influence our present.
Some clients may experience changes they had not expected, or did not want.
Some people do not like to have to relive unpleasant events, but this does not happen in all psychotherapy techniques.
No therapist can ever predict when an unpleasant memory will resurface, but if it does, the therapist is skilled in addressing the recalled memory.
At Fly Free Psychotherapy, we use therapy sessions to help you to heal and to comprehend where negative feelings originate from. We cultivate more helpful ways of managing them, so when we understand these feelings, we can change the way we look at situations.
“When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, “Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it’s like to be me”
― Carl R. Rogers
What is expected of you
Psychotherapy is a two-way process, and there must be a trusting relationship between the client and the therapist.
They should then attend appointments as set, be honest when describing symptoms, and be willing to complete any assignments set.
In order for psychotherapy to work, the person must be actively engaged and work during the session as well as between sessions, by practicing new skills, and inguaging in new feelings, and belifes.
Knowing what to expect from a psychotherapy session should help you feel more prepared and less nervous about your first appointment.
We can answer any questions you may have around psychotherapy, and are happy to help you take those first steps into your psychotherapy experience.
Psychotherapy is different from Counselling see our FAQ page for more INFO.
There are also different types of psychotherapy formats such as;
Face-to-face: Face to face counselling is when you have an in-person session at a physical location.
Couples or group: You may choose to see a counsellor by yourself, or if you prefer you could join a counselling group with people experiencing similar issues. You may also want to see a counsellor with your partner, family member or members.
Online counselling: Fly Free Psychotherapy provides online counselling and psychotherapy to our clients via a confidential and user friendly platform. Online counselling can be very helpful for those who cannot travel to a physical location, or are experiencing mobility difficulties or social anxiety or agoraphobia.
There are many issues you can seek Psychotherapy for:
- Trouble Sleeping
- Fear / Afraid
- Grief / Loss
At Fly Free Psychotherapy I am a Humanistic Integrative Practice, and cover mainly Humanistic approaches, with other approaches to help the individual when needed. Please see our posts on Person Centred Therapy [PCT], Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], Psychodynamic Therapy, and Transactional Analysis [T.A.]for more information.
My office is located in La Linea De La Concepcion, Andalusia, Cadiz, Spain, on the Costa Del Sol, Near to Gibraltar, for face-to-face sessions. I also do online sessions through Skype or Zoom, and at your own home, to anyone who can convert in English.