What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a conversation with someone who has been trained to listen in such way that he can really hear you. It is a professional assistance to people who are experiencing personal issues, in order to help them understand their difficulties and work through them to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being and enhance their level of enjoyment of life.
While counselling tends to deal more with immediate issues that may have arisen more recently , psychotherapy tends to deal with deeper, more long-term issues that may be rooted in the past, where the affects of such are ongoing. It is hard to distiguish between the two terms as they often overlap.
Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a person and teach him skills that he/she can then apply in life.
What problems are addressed in psychotherapy?
- feelings associated with loss
– family crisis, including separation
– life stage developmental problems
– past trauma
– abuse issues
– relationship problems
– any other emotional or psychological issues
How does psychotherapy help?
Psychotherapy helps by giving you a space to talk about your feelings. It can be a huge relief to know that what you are feeling is normal and that you are not going mad. Most people struggle with powerful or unexpected feelings which for most are ‘normal feelings’ in relation to ‘abnormal circumstances’ not the other way around.
What happens in the session?
We start by talking about what it is that you want to work on or change in life. During the conversation we identify the underlying issues that need attention and we work on them with different tools. Sometimes you may even get homework!
As these are subtle matters of the mind, heart and spirit, we always go with what happens during the session and go from there. It is of the most importance that you can have trust in your therapist in order to open up, so confidentiality and privacy are a must. The goal is to empower you to use your own power and teach you ways to deal with life’s difficulties in a constructive, positive way.
How long does the therapy take?
This varies from person to person. The duration can be anything from a few weeks to months or longer. You always have the choice of whether you continue with the process. You will be offered periodic reviews and it is important to remember that you can discuss finishing at any time.
How often do I attend?
It is best to attend at least once a week for 1 hour session, as it gives your therapist time to get to know you and it helps you when you begin to get in touch with your deeper feelings. Your therapist is also just an e-mail away, if you have any issues in between the sessions.
Lorelai offers one-on-one sessions in person in Dublin, Ireland and telephone or video calls via Skype from anywhere in the world, in English or Polish language.
As a member of ICHP Lorelai abides by the strict Code of Ethics.