PsychotherapyThe United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) defines psychotherapy as:
"Psychotherapy is the provision by qualified practitioners of a formal and professional relationship within which patients/clients can profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences. These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning of ones life. It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined. Psychotherapy may be provided for individuals or children, couples, families and groups."
Psychotherapy involves more in depth work than counselling and may be expected to take longer.
The work may encompass any of the issues covered by counselling but working at a
deeper level. It also offers the opportunity to work on more intractable issues including:
- Eating Disorders
- Childhood abuse
- Compulsions and Obsessions
Finally it may help us to confront the ultimate question: “Who am I?”