Everything you wanted to know about therapy, but were afraid to ask
Perhaps the greatest gift the experience of counselling confers is simply that of having your feelings validated. The need to be heard and to explore how you are feeling about any of the challenges of life in a context where you are not being judged or interrupted or told-you-so, can itself lift the weight we all often feel holding us down.
Your issue may be low mood, a relationship difficulty, struggling with life’s direction or feeling like you can no longer cope. Whatever the need, it is often useful to think about how the past may be impacting on the present.
Identifying these patterns often unlocks the path to a better and happier future. It’s natural to feel that life is often complex and hard. It can be difficult to even say this without feeling judged.
In our performance-driven culture we need places where we can genuinely encounter another human being who will accept them in their entirety and show commitment to facilitating personal transformation through real presence.
My psychodynamic training has empowered me to believe that the strongest therapeutic tool is simply that of listening. Uncluttered focus on the client enables me to gently journey with them to deeper levels and assist them in generating greater personal insight, self-confidence and self-compassion. It is personal transformation through validation.
Therapy at Ross Chalmers Counselling can address many issues including low mood, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship and sexual problems, bereavement and addictions. Therapy can also help resolve past trauma such as childhood abuse and neglect which may be affecting your relationships and coping mechanisms in the present.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Psychodynamic Counselling?
The Psychodynamic approach to counselling helps us to discover how past events (especially those in our childhood) have affected our view and responses to present situations.
This model enables us to explore the role of the unconscious and our use of defence mechanisms. This enables us to look behind the masks that we portray to the world and go on a journey of discovery with regards to relationships with others and ourselves, past and present.
The difficulties we experience in relationship with others usually arise in the therapeutic relationship and part of what I do is to provide a setting that is safe enough for this to be shared, experienced, understood and worked through during the course of therapy.
Psychodynamic Counselling is one of the major traditions within modern-day psychotherapy. Its aim is to help us increase self-awareness, insight and understanding around the reasons for our difficulties both past and present.
Who is Psychodynamic Counselling suitable for?
Psychodynamic therapy is suitable for those who are seeking to gain some understanding of themselves, their past and their current experiences in life.
What issues or problems are suited to Psychodynamic Counselling?
Psychodynamic approaches have been valuable in understanding and resolving a range of emotional, relational and psychological struggles.
How many sessions will I have?
Therapy can be either short or long term, this will be discussed with your therapist. Some people find they can work through and begin to make sense of their difficulties in the short term and that is enough, however, working longer term can lead to significant developmental and emotional changes in oneself..
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