What is Psychotherapy
The goal of Psychotherapy is to help people gain insight into their distresses, difficulties and issues. It encourages a greater understanding of their motivations, family dynamics and enables the discovery of more appropriate and healthy coping strategies. Psychotherapy often creates a change in a person’s outlook, thinking pattern and behaviour through the safe and structured exploration of feelings, beliefs, thoughts, traumatic events, and personal history.
Depending on the scope of your concern, therapy can be either long or short term. This is often a discussion between yourself and your therapist about which form of therapy best suits you. Sessions are provided for adults and youth on an individual basis, or couples and families.
What to expect during sessions
Each individual is different so their issues are different and each session is different. However, in each session your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk, explore, and delve into your feelings and experiences in a safe and structured way.
Each therapist is different and works in slightly different ways, but overall your therapist will encourage you to find the capacity to improve your understanding of yourself and work towards self acceptance and confidence.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy
There is a general understanding that a psychotherapist can work with a wider variety of clients and diagnosis. Psychotherapists can offer more in-depth work when necessary.
The noted difference is seen in the length and depth of training involved and in the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist. PBANZ-registered psychotherapists are trained to Masters level.