Psychotherapy Treatments at our Perth Clinics
Psychotherapy can help you improve relationships and social skills through a variety of psychological techniques. Psychotherapy styles and treatment approaches are tailored to suit your circumstances.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy focuses on the wider context of relationships within a family, or a workplace, and is more about human relationships than personal disorders. It creates insight about how past experiences may be impacting on you today, even without you being aware that it’s happening.
With the help of your therapist, you can gain a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values, and you can learn new ways to process experiences. In short, you can learn to ‘help yourself’, as opposed to needing the help of others when you’re facing difficulties, or when things aren’t going along as you’d hoped they would.
Psychotherapy is a structured process which can be limited to a few sessions but can be longer term, sometimes lasting for years, depending on the benefits being gained. In order for it to be successful, the participant needs to be actively engaged, practicing the new skills learnt both during and in between sessions. There are a variety of treatments the therapist can draw from, and these may change over time in order to facilitate the best outcome. It helps by providing someone to talk through the problems with, who can help you to create new approaches, and who can work with you towards resolving issues.
Changes in behaviour can bring changes to the way we feel. Therefore, the focus is on increasing engagement in positive social activities, such as sports, book clubs, walking groups, date nights etc. This contributes towards helping us to feel better, as it begins to improve our connections with others, which then increases our ability to look at things in a more positive and productive way.
What we think shapes what we feel, so challenging our beliefs can change our outlook, which in turn can decrease depression, and improve self-esteem. (“I think therefore I am” – Rene Descartes).
The way in which we express our emotions to others will have an affect how they respond to us. For example, when we express anger, it may cause the other person to be afraid to respond openly and honestly. This can lead to relationship problems and feelings of isolation. Learning skills to improve communication can help to promote more meaningful discussion and increase connections with loved ones.
Identifying family patterns that contribute to behaviour disorder can assist in breaking negative habits and therefore improve relations.
Participants have similar issues and benefit by observing how others would cope in similar situations and so learn new strategies to help them deal with problematic situations.
This treatment concentrates on patterns of behaviour from a persons’ upbringing, or perhaps their earlier life experiences, which are now impacting on their life. These unresolved issues can underlie negative behaviours, for example alcohol or drug abuse. The treatment can help us to understand the source of our emotional distress by exploring our needs and defences and how they are motivated. This awareness allows us to begin to form new behaviours, leading to improved relations with others and a more mentally healthy approach to life.
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