Psychotherapeutic treatments in psychiatry....⬇️



Psychotherapy is the strategic use of interpersonal relationships to provide change in underlying ways of thinking, feeling and behaving within our environment. In 1:1 psychotherapy the focus is on the therapeutic relationship between psychiatrist and patient. The ways of effecting change can be overt and structured (as in cognitive behavioural therapy) or more subtle (working on unconscious defence and relationships in the past and present) as in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy is more than just "talking". It is very hard work both for patient and therapist. The patient needs to be ready to change (see Stages of Change).

Some patients are unsuitable for psychotherapy not because of levels of intelligence, appearance, lifestyle, etc. but usually because their current situation is not conducive to change. There are potential obstructions to getting a good effect from psychotherapy. These can be personal, interpersonal or environmental. During my assessment I will attempt to explore some of these and discuss the pros and cons of psychotherapy specific to your case.

I have expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy, schema focussed therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

I may suggest you find an alternative therapist if I feel that your problems would be better treated by someone with greater expertise.