Its Not All Talk
Getting an external perspective on your midlife issues could do wonders for your emotional health
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, a talking therapy, is used to treat emotional problems and relationship issues along with some mental health issues. What differentiates psychotherapy from other types of counselling is that psychotherapy is usually a longer-term process working on underlying issues that originate in early childhood.
Psychotherapy helps explore the problems people encounter in their current lives and work to bring change through understanding and insight. Like counselling, psychotherapy uses the relationship between the client and therapist to explore these patterns sessions are confidential, allowing you to talk about things you might not feel be able to discuss with anyone else, helping you express your feelings and get a deeper insight into the issues you face through noticing patterns and behaviours.
What do I need to know?
Psychotherapy settings are usually one-to-one but could also include a partner (couple psychotherapy) or family members (systemic counselling). The length of treatment depends on the depth and complexity of the issues you want to resolve – it could range anywhere from six sessions to open ended work.
The bottom line
Psychotherapists are qualified professionals trained to help you bring about changes in the way you think and behave, and find better ways to cope, improving your emotional and mental wellbeing.
British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is the largest professional organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists and the prime partner in projects with national and local organisations, bodies and groups.