Adult Psychotherapy

Life isn’t easy it has its ups and downs and times of crisis come to all, in every shape of form.  We are not always equipped to deal with what life throws at us.  Therapy offers a safe place to support you in times of crisis and difficulties.  Therapy is a safe and supportive environment to decompress and realign.

Therapy is not just a time for crisis but also a time to reconnect and gain perspective. In a fast moving and intense world more often we are becoming over stimulated, stressed, burnt out and coming to a standstill not knowing which way to turn, losing meaning and all sense of direction and purpose.  Therapy offers time and space to reflect, untangle and reconnect with you and the persons you are now.  We constantly develop, and change, we sometimes come to a place we don’t know how we got there.

Therapy also provides a safe and confidential space for one who seeks mental health support and understanding to work on ways of managing psychological pain or distress.

The number of sessions in a therapeutic process can range from 12 sessions to a year and beyond depending on what is sought and needed (please see general overview of therapy here).  Sessions are generally weekly and move to fortnightly when transitioning towards the ending of therapy.

Brief and solution focused work can be as little as one session although it needs to be thought about prior to the session whether, realistically, your needs and expectations are going to be met in this time.

We can help those dealing with:

  • Stress/Burn out
  • Divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Mental health issues – working alongside a professional team
  • Family relationships
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem and Confidence
  • Identity
  • Low self confidence and self-esteem
  • Grief and loss

What does therapy entail?

Sharing

(Expression) of ones thoughts and feelings to encourage processing of stagnant and conflicting ruminating thoughts and emotions. 

Self-awareness

We think about how you experience life, past and present, consciously and unconsciously uncovering possible links between the two. 

Recognising Patterns

Recognising patterns of thinking, behaving and relating: we look to understand how these impact on one’s judgement and decision making. 

Exploration

Exploration of ones Experiences: We seek to understand the complexities of confusing or conflictual emotions by gradual unpicking of associations, representations and misunderstandings. 

Relationship Dynamics

We look at relationships, how you relate in different relationships, how you relate by yourself and the thinking and behaviour that is unique to each relationship;

Understanding

Understanding how our Past effects our Present behaviours: through examining unresolved conflicts and symptoms that conintually to arise in relationships, in work choices and general decision making.

 

Recognition

 Recognising emotional and psychological Triggers: through exploration of difficult experiences or events in order to manage reoccurring stresses.

 

 

Relationship dynamics: We look at relationships, how you relate in different relationships, how you relate by yourself and the thinking and behaviour that is unique to each relationship;

Understanding how our Past effects our Present behaviours: through examining unresolved conflicts and symptoms that conintually to arise in relationships, in work choices and general decision making.

Recognising emotional and psychological Triggers: through exploration of difficult experiences or events in order to manage reoccurring stresses.

Therapeutic Relationship facilitates a safe and confidential environment to which one can repair, recover and grow.  It also provides insight into how one relates to oneself internally in one’s expectations and perceptions and how these differs from how one behaves and present oneself to the world. 

Therapeutic Relationship facilitates a safe and confidential environment to which one can repair, recover and grow.  It also provides insight into how one relates to oneself internally in one’s expectations and perceptions and how these differs from how one behaves and present oneself to the world.

Benefits of Therapy

The work which occurs in the room depends on the length and frequency of the therapy. How and what change occurs depends on the individual, their presenting issue and the approach offered (time, frequency, personal commitment).

Therapy benefits transcends outside the therapy room into everyday life and is a resource which remains long after the time therapy ends. Those who seek personal support in times of struggle, those who need help in processing their experiences, and those who wish to understand their thoughts, behaviour and relationships.

Therapy is about gaining understandinghow we function and how we relate to ourselves and to others both internally in our minds and externally with our environment (work, family and friends relationships).

This insight encourages internal processingof past and present experiences.

 

 

 

This internal process naturally influences our perspective on life, how we think, the decisions we make, the actions we take and our expectations.

Self-awarenessin knowledge and understanding of one’s thinking and action self-awareness offers the chance to take control encouraging self-autonomy and self-confidence.

Self-worthis addressed through untangling misconceptions of ourselves, separating our thinking and beliefs to what we feel and think others perceive us positively impacting on one’s self-belief, reinforcing one’s identity and assertiveness.

Discovering or Reaffirming One’s Identity

Meet Sophie Barrett MSc, BA (Hons), Dip, CertHE

As a Child and Adult Counselling Psychotherapist I have extensive experience working with a variety of issues and presentations in short and long term therapy.  

I work integratively as a therapist, combining elements of different types of therapies depending on the client’s needs and to ensure the most effective approach is chosen. I am analytical in my thinking and integrative in my approach.  I adapt to the person as they are presented to me in the room and adjust the therapeutic approach depending on the needs of the client to ensure the time offered continues to be safe and effective.

The therapy works at the pace of the client not the therapist, enabling you to be of optimum mind set and open to new understandings and perspectives.

For more information on how I work and the benefits of therapy please email me at Sophie.barrett@lifestudiobysb.com.

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