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Brief Psychotherapy

Brief psychotherapy is a fast, effective approach to help you change your behaviour and alleviate any personal difficulties. It helps you to learn about how you think, feel, and act in ways that are unhelpful, unwanted or dysfunctional and find new ways to think, act, and feel that will serve you better. Through the use of words, the power of your imagination and a personal, professional relationship, rapid and lasting changes can be made.

Brief Psychotherapy encourages you to use your own resources to resolve your issues and view your problem from different perspectives. It is more concerned with understanding people as a whole and with changing attitudes than eliminating the symptoms directly. It does not require a lengthy analysis of your past issues, hence termed ‘brief’ therapy and is solution-based rather than problem-orientated.

Although much psychotherapy is based upon procedures which originated from Freud, different approaches or 'modalities' are now used, all of which involve talking to someone.

The different modalities include:

Cognitive and Behavioural therapies - cognitive therapies are based on the belief that our thoughts are directly connected to how we feel, whilst behavioural therapies are based on the premise that primary learning comes from experience. These therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Therapy and Transactional Analysis. These psychotherapies work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Humanistic and Integrative therapies - these include psychotherapies such as Gestalt that approach the individual as a whole person including body, feelings, mind and spirit.

Experiential constructivist therapies - we all construct a picture of our world based on our experiences and beliefs. If someone has had several bad experiences in life, their world may not seem such a good place to be living in, whereas for someone who has been treated kindly, it may appear a pleasant and enjoyable place. This therapy helps you to clarify the models you use, consciously or not, to represent the world to yourself.

Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic therapies - these help to identify the connection between events which happened in early life (which may be unconscious) and the problems you currently experience.

Systemic therapies (including family, couple and sexual) - these therapies share an assumption that your problems can't be fully understood without considering the wider relevance of the impact of your family and other groups, both on your past and present.

Hypno-Psychotherapy - this differs from other forms of psychotherapy insofar as it deliberately uses altered states of awareness to help communicate with your unconscious mind, as the main technique for effecting change. For further details please refer to the section on Hypnotherapy or click here.

I use a combination of some of the above therapies, an eclectic-integrative approach in which techniques are drawn from several different schools of thought. Eclectic therapy is a flexible technique that allows me to adapt to your individual needs.