Psychotherapy offers a confidential arena within which to explore ourselves, our relationships and our ways of being in the world, and how we make meaning of ourselves in the world. The goal is an increased capacity for choice, which enables the individual to become more autonomous and self determined.

We may use therapy to reflect on and come to understand patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour that we find painful, frustrating or problematic, or to support aspects of personal development.

The issues we bring might include: life changes and transitions, like losing a loved one, or unexplained feelings of anxiety, rage or depression. We may use it to develop a broader perspective and range of options in some area of our lives.

Individual psychotherapy takes place between the client and the therapist. Each therapeutic relationship is unique, and the work may be short term or ongoing, depending on the needs of the individual. Its focus is primarily our relationship to ourselves, and yet it is a situation in which we discover ourselves through dialogue and relationship with another: the therapist. This is an opportunity for the client to get authentic responses from someone who is interested in them, and yet not involved in an everyday way, like a friend or family member might be.

Couples work is for two people in an intimate relationship, who may want to explore issues like sexuality, whether or not to start a family, how to deal with conflict, or to better understand a recurring pattern of behaviour in the relationship.

It may also be useful for friends or family members who have issues with each other they would like to resolve.

Group psychotherapy is a forum for doing ongoing therapy with others who are also working on themselves. Groups offer the opportunity to receive feedback from peers, in addition to the therapist, and a chance to work on interpersonal issues that arise within the group, as well on issues from our lives. They are particularly useful for those wishing to explore how they are in group situations, (be they families, friendships or the workplace), and who would like to practice new behaviours in a safe and dynamic environment.


Stuart Paterson

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