Psychotherapy can be distinguished from psychological treatment. Although there is much overlap - they are both talk therapy, both involve gaining understanding of one’s motivations and utilising this knowledge to make changes in emotion, thoughts and behaviours, there are differences in focus. We make a distinction so that our clients are aware of their options for treatment and can choose clearly which approach they would like to take to tackle their issues.
Psychotherapy tends to involve longer term work and focuses on the underlying and unconscious drivers of negative emotion and behaviour. Modern neuroscientific research confirms early theories around the importance of early childhood experiences in shaping personality, approach to relationships, resilience and much of our adolescent and adult behaviour. Therapy initially focuses on the past to uncover patterns or tightly held belief structures learnt early in life and assesses how they are playing out currently. This understanding, combined with the support of the therapeutic relationship - a safe space to share as well as challenge beliefs and behaviours - moves clients towards relief from long standing issues, empowerment to choose life-affirming behaviours and to reach their goals of contentment and peace within the self and relationships.
Psychotherapy aims to resolve issues at their core. It is especially useful for long standing and persistent depression and anxiety, personality issues, complex and childhood trauma, long-standing relationship difficulties, recovery from domestic violence and many other issues. Clients tend to choose this therapy when they have been coping with issues for some time and have tried short term interventions, however the issues were not fully resolved or return periodically.
At BayWellbeing we are flexible in terms of approach (modalities of psychotherapy are numerous), and our therapists are trained in attachment theory, humanistic, psychodynamic and schematherapy. In the initial meeting, along with talking about your concerns and challenges, your therapist will provide feedback on their understanding of the issues and the causes and will invite you to discuss your preferred focus, approach and set goals for therapy.