Psychotherapy & Counselling

Clients visit a Psychotherapist with a wide variety of difficulties, e.g. anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessions, ruminations, anger control, stress, fear, insecurity, alcohol and drug-related problems, eating disorders, sexual and marital problems.

Having been trained to listen, the psychotherapist can perceive the difficulties from the client’s point of view, thus enabling the client to see things more clearly, and from a different perspective. Opening remarks of clients are frequently:

  • I don’t know which way to turn….”
  • “I don’t know what to do….”
  • “What’s the matter with me?”

Psychotherapy sessions enable them to explore emotional aspects of their life. Free and open discussion in complete confidence is fostered. The therapist is an independent person who neither judges nor tells them what to do but helps to find solutions.

Bottled-up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense. An opportunity to express them and talk in a very secure environment can help dissolve the feelings and reduce pain. This makes the problems easier to understand. Understanding gives clarity and freedom.

What is a Psychotherapist & what does a Psychotherapist do?

A Psychotherapist works with individuals, couples or groups. Work is done to help people improve their sense of well-being, alleviate distress, resolve crises and increase their innate ability to solve problems and make decisions.

A Psychotherapist is concerned with helping people cope more effectively with concerns that arise throughout life such as relationship breakdown, career change, redundancy, bereavement and illness.

A Psychotherapist applies research-based approaches to help her and the client understand problems and develop solutions. My clients are taught how to develop effective coping mechanisms to deal with any problem that may arise in the future. Ideally this means, that only one course of therapy is needed because my clients learn strategies for dealing with any problems that may arise.

A client would normally see a psychotherapist for an hour once a week.

Psychotherapists use a range of approaches including humanistic, psycho-dynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies.

Please call me on 01225 448988 or email me deborahsmith@psychologist.ms for further information.