Can psychotherapy help me?

Psychotherapy can benefit anyone with emotional, social or mental health problems, such as:

  • anxiety or an inability to cope or concentrate
  • problems dealing with stress or recovering from stressful situations
  • lack of confidence or extreme shyness
  • coping with the effects of abuse
  • feelings of depression, sadness, grief or emptiness
  • extreme mood swings
  • difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships
  • sexual problems
  • difficulties coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or loss of employment
  • eating disorders
  • self harm
  • obsessive behaviour
  • panic attacks and phobia
  • addiction

Your therapist will work with you to help you understand your problems and what lies behind them. Depending on what you want to achieve from the sessions, they might help you to find better ways to cope with your problems or help you to identify changes in your life to improve your emotional wellbeing.

It is important to choose a therapist you can work with and trust. The better the relationship between you and your therapist, the more you are likely to benefit from psychotherapy.