Often referred to as 'talking therapy',
psychological therapy involves discussions between therapist and
client, exploring the ways in which past experiences, current difficulties
or concerns about the future might be affecting the client's life.
A skilled Chartered Counselling Psychologist will listen to you and
help you understand how you respond to life events and reflect upon
the ways in which you see yourself and others. Your therapist will
not tell you what to do or give you advice, but will guide you in
understanding what might be happening in your life and support you
so that you can make your own choices and begin the process of change.
There are a number of types of psychological therapy, and each one
has a different approach to resolving difficulties. Deborah
Rafalin is trained in all key approaches and will support you in deciding
which way of working would be most helpful for you.
The two most common approaches used in practice are known as Psychodynamic
Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This involves exploring how present feelings and behaviours are
connected to past events and earlier relationships. Psychodynamic
Therapy can help people to get to know themselves better, improve
their relationships, resolve past issues and get more out of life.
It can be especially useful in helping people with long term or recurrent
problems to get to the root of their difficulties. Psychodynamic
Therapy is usually more long term and the need for its continuation
is regularly reviewed throughout therapy. The therapist and client
jointly agree when goals have been reached and it is time to end
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT works on the idea that changing how you think and behave also
changes how you feel. What you think and believe about yourself,
other people and the world in general determines your mood and your
behaviour. CBT aims to identify inaccurate thoughts and beliefs that
confuse or distress, and helps people to modify their thinking and
behaviour. It is a structured approach. Specific focussed goals are
agreed with your therapist and things are tested out between sessions.
Depending on the nature of the difficulty, CBT typically involves
between 6 and 24 sessions of psychological therapy.