In individual psychotherapy, I focus on developing a positive working relationship in which an individual can feel safe, and which can allow us to work together to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and of the difficulties you are experiencing. Psychotherapy can involve support and the learning of new skills to help you cope with distressing feelings, in order to help you feel more in control of your life, especially if these feelings make it difficult to function day to day. In addition, psychotherapy involves looking closely at your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, as well as understanding your past experiences, to help identify patterns that are a source of difficulty, and to help recognize triggers. Taken together, these insights can help in making positive changes, assisting you in feeling better and more in control of your life.
Within psychodynamic psychotherapy and relational psychoanalytic approaches, sessions may take place on a more frequent basis. This increased frequency allows for greater continuity in the treatment, to further assist in identifying what influences your feelings and actions. These approaches also help us to understand and identify long-standing, repeating patterns of thought and behavior, including recurring difficulties in your past and current relationships, and offers the possibility of dealing more effectively with these issues in your life. More complex or longstanding problems usually improve gradually and require a longer time in psychotherapy.
Many scientific studies have evaluated the effectiveness of psychotherapy and confirm that psychotherapy can help people to feel better and to be more able to manage problems.