Is this you?
Clients come to me with objectives such as:
- “I want to learn strategies to think more positively and to avoid future bouts of depression.”
- “I want to gain control of life situations and cope without medication one day.”
- “I wish to get back to the person I was before I was affected by panic and depression.”
- “I want a way of coping with and understanding the darker periods of my life.”
- “I want to find a way to move forward with my life as I’m a bit stuck at the moment.”
- “I want the confidence to make decisions and to be more constructive with my lifestyle.”
Is therapy right for you?
My experience is that the clients who do well in therapy tend to share these characteristics:
- You are prepared to disclose things about yourself. This can be difficult, especially at the start. I will never force you, but for therapy to work you will need to become, over time and at your own speed, able to disclose things about yourself which you may never had told to anyone before.
- You are prepared to follow where the therapy leads. Very often, clients come to realise that the cause of their problems is not what they thought. You need to be open minded and prepared to change any ideas you have about what is causing your problems.
- You are able to make a commitment. After one or two exploratory meetings, you need to make a decision. If you decide to undertake therapy, you are taking on a commitment to attend weekly for 12–25 weeks. You need to be sure that you have the time and money available to do this.
If you are starting to think that psychotherapy might be the right thing for you, find out what happens if you decide to start.