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What Is Psychotherapy?

 How Does Psychotherapy Work?: Modern psychotherapy is a talking therapy that evolved from the school of thought developed by Freud, who practised psychoanalysis. Although many forms of counselling address deep-seated issues, delve into your past and consider the part that your subconscious plays in your life. Psychotherapy may be more invested in these concepts than some other forms of therapy or counselling.

There are many types of treatment that fall into the general category of psychotherapy. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and many more. Psychotherapists in the UK train for four to five years and are likely to be registered with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?: Counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably and both fall under the modality of ‘Talking Therapy’. Counselling is usually offered in therapy for a fixed number of sessions focusing on an issue in the present that is affecting you. Psychotherapy is usually an ongoing process that you undertake with your therapist, sometimes continuing on for years.

Counselling is normally much more structured, with less room to explore thoughts and avenues, whereas psychotherapy works at a deeper process level with clients and explores a person’s psychological history. However, in some cases, fully qualified therapists might choose to call themselves a psychotherapist, or vice-versa, refer to themselves as a counsellor. For newcomers, it can be confusing.

However, on your initial consultation with a therapist, they will advise what is the best form of therapy for you.

Therapy Modalities That Psychotherapy Deals With

What to expect from psychotherapy: Psychotherapists can help with a whole range of diagnosed mental health conditions as well as physical and emotional problems, behavioural disorders and sex and human sexuality issues. See below for some of the issues that psychotherapy can help with

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to psychotherapy.

Psychotherapists Working at HQ Therapy

You will usually see a psychotherapist for 50 minutes weekly, at a fixed time, for a prolonged period. You might be more likely to go to a psychotherapist if you notice a recurring issue, feeling or behaviour in your life since psychotherapy focuses on chronic emotional issues rather than dealing with a current situation.

Below is a selection of our current fully trained psychotherapists who are available to work with clients who are experiencing therapy issues that we deal with related to psychotherapy using a wide range range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Psychotherapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.