Psychotherapy at our Glasgow centre
Our Glasgow psychotherapy service involves working with a counsellor / psychotherapist or psychologist to address specific issues or difficulties that are causing distress.
Psychotherapy is deep process that will often focus on the ‘patterns’ or ‘themes’ that seem to recur time and time again.
How psychotherapy enables change
Psychotherapy will look at patterns and themes and explore how they link to a range of things about you and your personality, such as how you grew up, some of the challenges you have faced in life and the ways in which you may have learned to cope with difficulties. The aim of this kind of focus is to enable change through understanding the underlying causes of what is going wrong and enabling you to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving.
Psychotherapy – the process and the therapist
Psychotherapy is often a longer-term process, sometimes lasting up to a year (or even longer) of regular meetings with a counsellor / psychotherapist or psychologist. Practitioners offering psychotherapy will tend to work in different ways and have different styles. Some will take quite an active, friendly approach while others will appear more detached and analytical (often termed ‘psychodynamic’ or ‘psychoanalytical’). It is important to find the right match for you.
Although some people feel psychotherapy is the right thing for them at the outset and begin with the intention of seeing someone regularly for a reasonably long period, others continue on into psychotherapy after a shorter period of counselling. It is quite usual to continue working with the same counsellor / psychotherapist or psychologist in such circumstances, as most experienced practitioners are comfortable offering counselling and psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy does not mean lying on a couch
Put any thoughts of lying on a couch and speaking to a largely silent practitioner out of your head. None of our practitioners work in this way. Psychotherapy is therefore much more accessible and far less intimidating than often feared.
To ask us any questions about psychotherapy or to book an initial session with one of our experienced practitioners in Glasgow, please contact us.
Christina Michael, Counselling Psychologist (Online only)