Why should I go to a psychotherapist?
People go to see a psychotherapist for a variety of reasons. These can include but are not limited to the following:
Psychotherapy can help you make sense of thoughts, feelings and ways of relating to yourself and others. Our psychotherapists do not talk about themselves, or offer practical advice, and the work is confidential.
What kind of therapy do you do?
We offer both group and individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy sets out to understand the underlying causes of a wide range of difficulties, which may sometimes be linked to a particular experience.
The aim of the psychotherapy is lasting psychological change, brought about through increased insight. These may help you:
What sort of services do you provide?
We offer individual and group psychotherapy. We also run community development projects to enable women from communities that traditionally do not access therapy to learn more about mental health issues, how to access support, how to talk of their experiences and the truth behind stigma and myths that prevent women accessing mental health services.
How much do you charge?
The Centre’s policy on fees is to charge £1 per £1000 of income. The minimum fee is £5 and all fees are clarified at the outset.
How will I know therapy is working?
Although most people find their experience of therapy rewarding, it can be an uncomfortable one at times. Particularly in the early stages, things may temporarily feel worse. This is often a sign that the process is working rather than an indication that it should be stopped. Facing up to and exploring yourself and your past, may at times feel difficult and upsetting but this is often a necessary step in the process of growth. There will also be times when individuals feel they are getting nowhere, and think it would be best if they stopped as they may begin to wonder if the effort is worthwhile. Such feelings should always be discussed openly with your therapist.
What can I expect during my assessment session?
Your assessment session is usually a time for the therapist to gather information about you. You will be asked to fill out a form about your current and past emotional health. All of this information helps the therapist gain a deeper understanding of your situation. All this is necessary in order to determine the best approach or course of action. The first session is also an opportunity for you to see if psychoanalytic psychotherapy is going to be the most helpful approach for you. Feel free to ask questions for your own understanding and clarification of the process.
Are the sessions confidential?
Everything you say to your therapist is confidential. It’s important that you feel safe to explore difficult feelings and experiences without fear that other people may find out about them. All staff adhere to a code of conduct which includes the rule of confidentiality. No details will be given to a third party (e.g. employer, doctor or anybody else without your permission) except in exceptional circumstances such as child protection.
I’ve tried therapy before and it didn’t work, why should I try it again?
Therapy doesn’t work for everybody all of the time. It might have been that the therapist you saw wasn’t the right fit for you, or that you simply weren’t in the right place to deal with the different feelings that were brought up by the sessions. You also have to take some responsibility for your well-being; you will have to be honest and open in order to receive the support you need. Therapy works best when you are open to it and are actually willing to participate in your own healing.
Will people think/say I’m crazy if I tell them I’m in therapy?
There are many reasons why people don’t go to see a therapist, a big one being what other people will think about them. But ask yourself this: if a friend said, “I’ve been feeling really down and I’m going to go and get some help”, would you say she was crazy? No. You’d be hopeful for her that she’d feel better soon. We all have problems and going to therapy is simply an opportunity to have two people thinking about how to overcome an obstacle, with YOUR best interests in mind. It’s like going to any other health care professional when you have a problem. If you have tooth pain, you go to the dentist; if you have migraines, you go to your doctor; if you have emotional pain, you go to a therapist.
How can I access the women’s therapy centre?
Any woman may refer herself by phone, in writing or by email. Professionals are welcome to contact the Centre on behalf of a patient or client, but the Centre suggests that the woman herself also makes the contact. To make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org