Counselling and Psychotherapy in Oxfordshire
Hypnotherapy has become an increasingly sensible choice for clients whilst becoming more understood and accepted by the medical community as growing research shows its wonderful and powerful affects. Thankfully counselling and psychotherapy are now not only accepted but expected in order to help our mental processes.
Counselling and psychotherapy are becoming more popular, yet some people might hesitate, perhaps because they do not understand what therapy is about or because of an imagined public stigma from an age before it was so accepted.
Fortunately that old fashioned stiff upper lip attitude has been replaced with understanding and support. It is now commonly accepted that ignoring underlying issues and dealing with problems at a superficial level does not start the real healing process and can even allow concerns to fester.
Just as one would go to a Doctor or an alternative practitioner for physical symptoms, it is just as important to attend to one’s mind. We are becoming more and more aware that holistically mind and body are integrally interconnected.
People owe it to themselves to seek help and support and not to suffer often alone with issues weighing them down or disrupting their lives. Pushing problems to the back of one’s mind can cause more stress at some point, and is merely putting a plaster over the wound. It is far healthier to look at issues and stressors and work towards positive solutions and at times acceptance and hopefully a happier and more balanced life.
Visiting a therapist is in fact something to be applauded. It shows that a person recognises they have some level of stress that is negatively affecting their lives. They not only have self-awareness, the first step for positive change, but they are also taking the responsibility to improve themselves.
This can be very empowering and is a step towards regaining some control in one’s life. All therapy is really self-therapy and it does require some work and commitment to one’s own healing. Therapy can be relaxing, revealing, challenging, enlightening and even exciting, depending on one’s issues and the stage of the process.
The therapist is merely an experienced guide and support through the client’s process. Therapy moves at the client’s own pace and what one is comfortable with. Sometimes a person simply needs the relief of sharing their experiences and feelings in a non-judgmental, confidential, caring and safe haven of support.
There are a variety of styles of therapy these days. Every client has individual needs and responds in a unique way and partly depending on whether one reacts better to changing negative and self-destructive behaviour, thought patterns or feelings. Generally early psycho analysis concentrated on revealing past memories and experiences that are held within the unconscious, working through past trauma and helping the client to change through such illuminations; that light-bulb moment. Modern therapy grew to concentrate on either changing behavioural, feeling or thought processes, which in turn can improve habitual patterns, and tends to work more quickly, without having to understand Why one developed such negative or self-destructive habits.
All methods are helpful and I work from the point of view of being in the present and moving forward in the most effective way and yet looking back where necessary. This way one does not get stuck in months of self-analysing with perhaps slow progress. Yet it also does not dismiss past traumas & useful memories whilst making immediate and forward changes. I am client centred & like to be flexible, incorporating Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, NLP, integrative, humanistic, person centred, psychodynamic, holistic, Solution Focused Therapy, behavioural, analytical and eclectic.
Wed: 10-11, 17.00-19.00
Iffley Turn Practice
3 Church Cowley Road
Tues & Thurs: 16:00 – 18:00