Psychotherapy is a specialist talking treatment which helps people to explore their lives in order to understand and work through emotional and psychological problems.
Many such problems are the result of underlying conflicts and fears for which there seems to be no rational explanation. The role of the psychotherapist is to help people discover the nature of such fears and to find ways of resolving them.
For psychotherapy to be effective, it is helpful if the individual has some ability to consider the ways in which their own actions and behaviours may be contributing to the difficulties they find themselves in.
What is psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a talking treatment in which you will be encouraged to find words for your thoughts and feelings. It means being honest with yourself and taking responsibility for change.
This is a demanding form of treatment since it requires a commitment and willingness to get in touch with what may be painful feelings.
You need to be able to make a commitment to attend sessions regularly. We offer individual therapy for up to two years and group therapy for up to three years.
Why have I been referred to psychotherapy
You could seek psychotherapy for many different reasons:
- You may be aware of feelings or aspects of your behaviour which interfere with your capacity to live a satisfying life.
- You may be severely affected by a personal crisis, such as divorce, redundancy or bereavement.
Whatever the source of your unhappiness, psychotherapy implies a wish to think about and understand painful feelings in order for you to achieve a more satisfying resolution.
How can psychotherapy help me
Psychotherapy can help you gain a deeper understanding of your problems and the experiences that gave rise to them.
The aim is for new and better resolution of understanding problems, leading to a greater capacity for satisfaction in relationships, work and social life.
What can I expect
When you are referred to our Psychotherapy Service, you will be sent a questionnaire to complete and return. This will greatly help the therapist in assessing your needs.
On receipt of this questionnaire you will be sent an appointment to meet one of the psychotherapy staff for an assessment.
At your assessment, you will have the opportunity to discuss treatment options. Our service offers individual or group therapy, depending on what would be best suited to your needs.
Who will provide my therapy
Our staff include psychotherapists from various professional backgrounds with a high level of specialist training. Normally, your therapy will be provided by one of these trained therapists.
Is psychotherapy confidential
You will meet your therapist in confidential surroundings. Your sessions are confidential and your privacy will be respected as far as possible. However, we do have ethical and statutory obligations to protect the safety of children, other people and yourself. This may mean sharing information with other health professionals involved in your care.
We communicate at regular intervals with your GP and any other professionals involved in your care about your treatment plan and its progress.
We will discuss confidentiality with you in the first session. If you have any other questions or concerns about confidentiality, please ask your therapist.
What happens if I cannot attend a session
We will offer you a regular appointment time. The regularity of the sessions is an important part of the psychotherapy process.
If you are unable to attend your appointment, it is important to let us know in advance.
How can I get an appointment
Referrals are made through your GP, mental health professionals and other statutory and voluntary agencies.
Psychotherapy North West, Abraham Cowley Unit, St Peter's Hospital, Holloway Hill, Chertsey KT16 0AE
Tel: 01932 723 787
Psychotherapy Mid, Ramsay House, Richmond Crescent, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8PH
Tel: 01372 203 456
Psychotherapy East, Gatton Place, St Matthew's Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1TA
Tel: 01737 288 970
Psychotherapy West, Sandalwood House, Farnham Road Hospital, Farnham Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7LX
Tel: 01483 443 683