Psychotherapy helps you develop insight into your difficulties or distress; it can give you a greater understanding of behaviour you couldn’t grasp alone. Your psychotherapist is trained to explore the issues you present in a safe and nurturing way, without judgement.
At Lighthouse Psychology, we work with clients of all ages, from children and teens to adults, to deliver psychotherapy or counselling when needed. Unlike talking to family, friends or colleagues, which can involve revealing uncomfortable truths or issues to those personally affected, adult or child psychotherapy sees each session takes place in confidence, with professional boundaries and undivided attention. Together you will explore feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and often in the present, in a structured way.
Many people don’t realise their coping mechanisms for stressful or new situations may have been learned in childhood and are damaging, out-dated or counter-productive – for example, a child who changed schools a lot might struggle to put down roots as an adult; someone who was a young carer could find themselves mirroring the caring role for decades, perhaps taken for granted by employers, friends and partners.
For other clients, their reason for starting psychotherapy may be more recent: a teenager who has begun to self-harm, or an adult feeling vulnerable after a burglary. Whatever the source of the problem, you will work with your psychotherapist to develop more appropriate ways of coping or bringing about changes in your thinking and actions.
Finding Adult or Child Psychotherapy to Suit You
Our team of qualified psychologists and psychotherapists are experienced in each of the core disciplines of psychotherapy and can tailor their therapeutic approach to each client or patient. This might include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic or Psychoanalytic therapy – some of the more common forms of psychotherapy. Alternatively, it could include an evidence-based approach, such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) or Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), which are all influenced by the more common types of psychotherapy.
The most important element of therapy is having a space where you can process your emotions about a situation, rather than merely change your behaviour. A humanistic and existential approach is ideal when you need to process these emotions, and the memories that may accompany them.
Most of our interventions tend to be short-term – between 3 and 8 sessions, with 5 sessions on average – but, again, this will vary for each client, as we tailor our interventions and treatment programmes to suit you.
To find out more about adult or child psychotherapy with Lighthouse Psychology, contact us today.