Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy provides a safe, confidential and supportive environment that helps you to talk openly with someone about your problems, in an attempt to find solutions. It offers professional support when you seek change and it feels too difficult to do it on your own. Contemporary Psychotherapy contends that you already have the answers that are right for you somewhere within. The role of the contemporary psychotherapist is to become a team member supporting “Project You” and facilitating the discovery and deployment of your unique resources.

Should I give it a go?

The research indicates that psychotherapy usually works well, and that all the recognised psychotherapuetic approaches work about as well as each other. So don’t worry, just pick a therapist, or a therapuetic approach you like the sound of. Think of the first few meetings as “getting to know you” sessions. If you get the feeling it’s not going to work out, you’re probably right. Respectfully move on and try out another therapist.

Contemporary Psychotherapy?

Contemporary Psychotherapy is the type (we call it a modality) of psychotherapy that I use. It can be confusing, there are so many labels, and right now maybe you just want help.

Here are some of the terms you might encounter. The button will link you to a UKCP or BACP website page which offers more detailed descriptions of these approaches.

Art therapy
Using your creative expression to explore things you might not yet have words for.
Body-oriented psychotherapy
Working with the interplay between our minds and our bodies as a whole system.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Strategies to change how we act and feel by working on our thought processes.
Eclectic
The therapist feels free to pick and mix from any approach they think is relevant to their client.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Sometimes called psychological acupressure as it uses tapping to release emotional blockages in your body’s energy system.
EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Reprocesssing)
Using eye movement techniques to relieve distress from unresolved experiences or trauma.
Existential
Helping us find our own sense of purpose and meaning in the light of the limits of human existance.
Gestalt
Focussed on helping us become aware of our feelings and taking responsibility for them and our actions.
Humanistic
Working with how we experience life and how we can live out our full potential.
Integrative
Taking various therapy approaches and combining them into our own particular style.
Hypno-psychotherapy
Tapping into our unconscious resources for healing using naturally occurring altered mind states.
Jungian analysis
Carl Jung proposed the existence of shared patterns in the human unconscious (archetypes) and the importance of dreams.
Mindfulness
The therapeutic process of bringing our own non judgemental, compassionate attention to our own present experience.
NLPt (Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy)
Accessing and utilising our inherent resources through close attention to how we experience and interpret life.
Person Centred
Accessing our healing resources through the quality of the client-therapist relationship. Sometimes called Client Centred
Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor
Working to provide alternative memories that are a better fit to what was needed, thereby enhancing present consciousness.
Psychoanalytic
Based on the work of Sigmund Freud. Discovering how our unconscious influences our current way of living.
Psychodynamic
An evolution of psychoanalytic, still working with how the unconscious and past experiences affect us today.
Psychosynthesis
Working with our higher spiritual purpose so that we can enjoy the satisfation of becoming aligned with it.
Relational
Focussing on the deep human need for relationships and how we learn about ourselves from them.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Changing the focus from the past to what we can do now to begin the process of change.
Systemic
Placing the emphasis on how groups of people interact. The term applies to family, team and business therapy.
TA (Transactional analysis)
Working with our inner parent, adult and child to help discover and understand our limiting beliefs and patterns of behaviour.
Transpersonal
This describes any form of counselling or therapy which places an emphasis on spirituality, human potential or higher purpose.

So?

So how does Contemporary Psychotherapy fit in with all this, bearing in mind they all seem to work?

One way to explain it is to describe the philosophical orientation of Contemporary Psychotherapy. It comes from a Pluralistic notion; that it’s you, the client, who is the expert on you, and it’s our job as therapists to provide the appropriate circumstances within which you can make your changes, based on what you need at the time.

The organising principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy are based on NLP and Hypno-psychotherapy, but we will use what works for you. A bit like Eclectic but perhaps more ‘client directed’ and with regular checking to see if you feel that it’s working.

This way Contemporary Psychotherapy can move with the times, flex with the natural rhythms of life and embrace the significance of the past, present and future.

Contemporary psychotherapy metaphor
Diversity

Diversity

The practice of Contemporary Psychotherapy has a clear policy on diversity, inclusion and social justice. Contemporary Psychotherapy is explicitly committed to promoting a culture that actively values difference and recognises that people from a variety of backgrounds and experience can bring valuable insights to wider society.

Contemporary Psychotherapy also recognises the harm done by inequity, marginalisation and discrimination and promotes policies to highlight and ameliorate the impacts of these on individuals and groups.

Read an introduction to the principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy by the founder, Pamela Gawler-Wright

And by the way, you don't need to wait for a crisis.

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