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20 August 2019

My therapeutic journey

Everyone’s therapeutic journey is different. It is unique to them. As unique as their face or their fingerprint. There is no one reason for starting therapy.

I grew up in an unhappy environment. My training as a therapist started in childhood as I tried to understand what was going on around me. I tried to make sense of a situation which really didn’t make any sense.

I needed therapy to help me understand what was going on in my family of origin and to start to think about how I could do things differently in my own life.

Psychotherapy helped me make sense of why I did certain things and why they didn’t work. It gave me options… I learned that I could choose how I wanted to behave. It helped me relate to my anger differently and express it in a more useful way. It helped me develop a calm island in the middle of a stormy sea where I could rest and think about how I wanted to respond to life.

Therapy has helped me make meaning of the life I lead. It can be fun and it is interesting, after all it is about you. There is always the possibility of laughter and tears and the delight in being surprised by yourself.

I am trained in a number of therapeutic modalities but in terms of learning to think about yourself and how are you are in the world I would strongly recommend Transactional Analysis. It is unique in its theoretical framework which provides a way of seeing and understanding the world and it offers an alternative way of relating to yourself and others.

Some people have short-term therapy and manage to get what they want from that. Some people enter into therapy on a longer-term basis If you are considering having therapy… I would say… do it. It is the best thing you can do for yourself.

If you would like to discuss whether psychotherapy or counselling is right for you do not hesitate to contact me.

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