At KlearMinds we provide integrative psychotherapy. This enables us to offer you an expansive range of effective techniques, which we can tailor to suit your learning style, so you can discover how to address the issues you are facing successfully.
How Does Psychotherapy Work?
Psychotherapy takes place in a confidential room, where you meet your therapist face to face to discuss your concerns and discover ways you can address them effectively. Your psychotherapist may use a range of tools including: enquiry, discussion, psycho-education, experimental exercises which depending on your preference can range from actions to take outside the therapy, written home work or even role plays, if that works for you.
Our psychotherapists can help you resolve a wide range issues, which may cause you concern or distress, such as anxiety, depression or trauma to name a few. Psychotherapy can also be utilized to help you find life focus and meaning, develop your career and relationships or achieve a particular goal.
Your psychotherapist will provide a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly about your concerns with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. At the end of a course of good psychotherapy, you will not only have solved the problem that brought you in, but you will have learned new skills so you can better cope with whatever challenges arise in the future.
Benefits of Psychotherapy
There is considerable research which demonstrates that psychotherapy can be helpful with a wide range of issues:
Psychotherapy can help with common psychological problems such as:
Psychotherapy can also help with difficult experiences or feelings you’ve been going through in relation to:
- relationship problems / relationship break-up
- career / work / redundancy issues
- low self-esteem / lack of self-confidence
- psychotherapy for anger / fear / sadness / guilt
- ongoing physical problem, illness or disability
- mid-life crisis
Some Problems may require more specialist psychotherapy treatment, for example:
- phobias psychotherapy
- obsessive compulsive disorder – OCD psychotherapy
- trauma / abuse / post-traumatic stress disorder psychotherapy
- eating disorders
- psychotic disorders e.g. schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
- personality disorders
What do psychotherapy sessions entail?
The first meeting is an opportunity for you to meet the psychotherapist and assess whether you think they can help you address the issues you wish to resolve. In this meeting your psychotherapist creates a space where you feel comfortable to discuss your concerns, so they can really understand your situation.
Your therapist will discuss what you want to achieve from the work and give you a good idea of how they can help you achieve your desired outcome. If you would like to know how many sessions might be required they will be able to give you an indication of the number of sessions that you might find most helpful.
If the therapist is a good match for you, at the end of this session you would expect to feel they really “get you” and the way they work has the potential to help you.
Once an agreement is made to undertake some work together, people often opt for weekly psychotherapy sessions. This is a good frequency to, as quickly as possible, help you understand the problem areas from a new perspective, so the next phase of implementing changes can get started. Occasionally, some people find it more helpful, depending on their schedules, to spread out initial sessions fortnightly, whilst others find, more frequent sessions are preferable. Good work can be done in all these formats.
As you progress through the sessions, you will discover how to create and establish new ways of addressing situations that enable you to more effectively deal with the concerns that brought you.
Throughout the sessions, your psychotherapist will draw on a range of techniques from a variety of therapeutic approaches, tailoring them in a way that will be most helpful to you. You can learn more about the range of techniques and therapies we offer at KlearMinds by clicking here.
How long Does Psychotherapy Take?
People often wonder how long psychotherapy will take to get good results. At KlearMinds we find certain factors can influence what length of therapy will suit you best. These include:
- The length of time that you have been having difficulties
- The degree of change that you want to achieve
- Your level of self confidence and
- How well the type of therapy used matches your personal learning style
There are always exceptions to the rule, so we don’t like to be too prescriptive. However, as a general rule the following lengths are common:
- 6 session – Some people find 6 sessions provides enough time to address a specific problem.
- 12 session – Many people wishing to tackle a few problems find 12-24 sessions can give them the outcome they were looking for and more.
- 24 sessions – People who want or need longer than 24 sessions often have several, more complex long standing issues they want to overcome, for good.
Different Types of Psychotherapy
There are over 300 different therapeutic approaches registered in the UK alone. Some of the most commonly recognised approaches are listed below:
Integrative Psychotherapy: This depicts therapy that utilizes a range of difference approaches in the work – an integrative psychotherapist may choose to practice using three or more the range of therapies listed below. This is the approach we adopt at KlearMinds because we recognise no one therapy works for every issue and every therapy has it’s limitations. Therefore, each KlearMinds therapist is trained and experienced in a range of therapies so they can tailor their interventions to provide clients with the best opportunities for change.
Humanistic Psychotherapy : This includes a wide range of approaches, the most commonly known are listed below)
- person centred psychotherapy
- Existential Psychotherapy
- Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
- Solution Focused Psychotherapy
- Gestalt Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: This is one of the older school psychotherapies which focuses a lot on childhood experience and exploring the therapeutic relationship and sometimes still holds the view that many years of therapy are required. It is not a therapy we practice at KlearMinds.
How can I Find a Psychotherapist?
With so many psychotherapy approaches to choose from it can be baffling trying to understand what therapy might work best for you. You can make the best choice if you know what to look for.
Tips to help you Find a Psychotherapist
Research shows that the quality of the relationship you have with your psychotherapist is the highest predictor of good outcomes. With this in mind, when you are trying to find a psychotherapist, we suggest you consider the following:
- Do you feel the psychotherapist understands what you are concerned about fully?
- Do they provide you with some information that helps you make better sense of what is going wrong?
- Do you feel they are offering you ideas and strategies you can use to both understand and actively change your situation.
- Are you feeling relieved and some sense of progress? Even with the most difficult problems, whilst initially it can be hard understanding and working through them, you should still feel a sense that things are becoming clearer and there is potential that this therapist can help you move forward.
- If you feel relief but as time passes find you are not really moving forward, we always recommend you tell your therapist. A good therapist will often pick this up and be able to help you get things moving. If despite telling the therapist you feel things are still not moving forward, it may be better to seek a different therapist.
- You should feel safe to talk about absolutely anything with your therapist, if you don’t feel this way change therapist. You are not going to get the best results if you don’t feel you can be open and honest with your psychotherapist.
For more tips on this area see our blog: Finding a Psychotherapist
KlearMinds Psychotherapy in London
At KlearMinds we have a team of highly experience psychotherapists in London who can help you effectively address a wide range of issues. If you are tired of feeling stuck, upset or frustrated by problems in your life and feel ready to change things for the better, contact us today. We have clinics at the following locations:
We will be pleased to help. If we think we can’t help you we’ll be pleased to make a recommendation for you.
Further Self-Help and Information on Psychotherapy
Click the following links for some self-help tips and useful information on psychotherapy: