WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
What you should know?
Psychotherapy is sometimes referred to as talking therapy, a therapy session is rather like a meaningful chat. It provides a person with the opportunity to express their thoughts, difficult emotions and feelings in a safe non-judgmental space, and in doing so gives the person greater insight towards their own responses.
Psychotherapy aims to enable clients, to understand and express their feelings, to help change attitudes, behaviour and habits that may be unhelpful; and to promote more constructive and adaptive ways of coping. Clients begin to recognise what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed and this can equip them to cope with difficult situations in a more adaptive way. All Psychotherapists attend ongoing supervision, they do not to give advice but to help the person to understand their situation and feelings better towards resolving their own solutions to their satisfaction.
Psychotherapy can provide help with a range of problems including but not limited to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, family /relationship issues, mal-adaptive coping mechanisms such as addiction. Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by their problems and unable to cope may be able to benefit from psychotherapy.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES A PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION INVOLVE?
For someone who is not familiar with the use of Psychotherapy, it can be very daunting to seek and accept it. Psychotherapists are very conscious of this when commencing work with a new client. Some people, for example, like to attend counselling in a very private space, such as a different town, while others have no issue attending counselling in their local village. Successful psychotherapy depends on a supportive, comfortable relationship with a trusted therapist.
Each session is held in strict confidence and prior to any session commencing there are some formalities that have to be addressed. So, the first session is normally focused on what the counselling will entail and what the boundaries are. This can help towards a more relaxed atmosphere before launching into specific issues.
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Why see a Psychotherapist?
People see a Psychotherapist because they are in emotional pain that they want relief from now but also into the future. There are times when our lives are like a jigsaw puzzle, some of the pieces don’t seem to fit together very well. For some clients, it may be a temporary feeling of anxiety, stress or sadness that is bothering them. For others, it is about looking for relief from an already long-term pain that they can no longer endure. Maybe we just feel stuck in life and need to find clarity. Talking to a qualified therapist provides an evidence-based way to explore your emotional health in a confidential safe environment.
According to Carl Rogers, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”
The world we live in is constantly challenging, particularly if we are already feeling stressed or anxious. This stress can lead to lasting feelings of sadness, stress, overwhelm, anxiety or depression. But this does not have to be the case because person has within them the ability to live a more fulfilled and happier life.
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First Psychotherapy session
Psychotherapy, or counselling, is the right step when life difficulties come.
On our first meeting, my aim is to get a better understanding of your presenting struggles or concerns. Together we will look at what you want to get from our work. Following this, I will go through our contract and we will both sign this. Each session is held in strict confidence and prior to any session commencing there are some formalities that have to be addressed. So, the first session is normally focused on what the counselling will entail and what the boundaries are. This can help towards a more relaxed atmosphere before launching into specific issues.
For someone who is not familiar with the use of Psychotherapy, it can be very daunting to reach out and make the call. As a Psychotherapist, I am very conscious of this when commencing work with a new client. Some people, for example, like to attend counselling in a very private space, such as a different town, while others have no issue attending counselling in their local village. I provide both options with offices in Swords and Rathmines.
Successful psychotherapy depends on a supportive, comfortable relationship with a trusted therapist. Reach out today and we can have a chat.
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My Psychotherapeutic approach
I work from a humanistic perspective. I place importance on the therapeutic relationship and view this as the foundation in order to create a safe and confidential space where you can talk without fear of being judged.
Psychotherapy is a two-person project. It relies not only on my skills and knowledge but also on your willingness to participate in the therapy. A therapy session involves a give and takes between you and the therapist. It involves hard work, yes – but the benefits for you are enormous.
Your emotional difficulties do not have to be a long-term problem. With the help of a psychotherapist, you can move past your personal issues and build the strength to take them on again, should they return. When you find the right psychotherapist, you will know. You want a therapist who is able to connect with you, who listens and understands you.
What is person-centred psychotherapy?
Person-centred therapy is a humanistic approach created in the 1950s by psychologist Carl Rogers. The person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by certain life experiences, particularly those the experiences which affect our sense of value. The approach can help the client to reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth, thus enabling them to find their own way to move forward and progress. The person-centred approach recognises that a person’s social environment and personal relationships can greatly impact them, so therapy is offered in a neutral and comfortable setting, where a client can feel at ease, authentic and open to learning about themselves.
What is the purpose of person-centred psychotherapy?
The core purpose of person-centred therapy is to facilitate our ability to self-actualise - the belief that all of us will grow and fulfil our potential. This approach facilitates the personal growth and relationships of each person by allowing them to explore and utilise their own strengths and personal identity. As a Psychotherapist, I aid this process, providing vital support to each client as they make their way through this journey.
As a Psychotherapist, I am not the expert; rather I see you as an expert on yourself and I will encourage you to explore and understand yourself and your troubles.
In our work together I will provide an environment where you will feel both physically and emotionally free from threat. There are three conditions believed to help achieve this environment, particularly in the therapy room.
Congruence – I will be completely genuine, self- aware and congruent in the work we do together. This does not imply that I am totally perfect, but that I will be true to myself within the therapeutic relationship.
Empathy - As your therapist, I strive to understand and appreciate your experience. I will demonstrate empathic understanding and recognize emotional experiences without getting emotionally involved.
Unconditional positive regard – Your experiences, positive or negative, will be accepted by me without any conditions or judgment. In this way, you can share experiences without fear of being judged.
What are the benefits of person-centred therapy?
Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages, with a range of personal issues. Many people find it an appealing type of therapy because it allows them to keep control over the content and pace of sessions, and there is no worry that they are being evaluated or assessed in any way. The non-direct style of person-centred counselling is thought to be more beneficial to those who have a strong urge to explore themselves and their feelings, and for those who want to address specific psychological habits or patterns of thinking.
The approach is said to be particularly effective in helping individuals to overcome specific problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and grief, or other mental health concerns. These issues can have significant impact on self-esteem, self-reliance and self-awareness, and person-centred therapy can help people to reconnect with their inner self in order to transcend any limitations.
Eileen Hopkins is a Pre- Accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy(IACP) and an Accredited member of the International Coach federation (ICF). Eileen brings her years of nursing experience, her Coaching expertise along with a strong sense of personal integrity, empathy, and authenticity. Eileen is a Humanistic, person centred psychotherapisthaving unconditional positive regard for the client’s humanity as expressed by their values and behaviours. Eileen believes that each person has the capacity to develop to their maximum potential.