Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis have established that symptoms are not arbitrary but have a meaning and are related to the patient’s experiences.
Who Consults a Psychotherapist?
People contact a therapist for many reasons. Most of us encounter difficulties at some time in our lives. These difficulties can have symptoms associated with them. Some people come because they feel they are facing a crisis of some form or other, some come even though they are getting on with their lives – perhaps they feel stuck, or something known or unknown bothers them about themselves. Perhaps there is a sense of unease which lacks words or a pattern of behaviour or a pattern in relationships keeps repeating itself. Some people come because they want to make changes in their lives or because something has happened to them and they find themselves confused or unprepared to address their new predicament, for example, having been made redundant or looking forward to the birth of your baby only to find upon its arrival feelings of depression, confusion, or ambivalence or a mixture of these feelings. Occasionally someone just comes, and the reason only becomes apparent subsequently.
Some of the topics which can lead us to seek help:
- Panic attacks
- Repeating unhelpful patterns
- Relationship difficulties
- Difficulties at work
- Eating problems
- Retired or thinking about retirement
- Post-natal depression
- Lack of confidence
- The aging process
- Making poor decisions
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Difficulties with alchohol
- Issues around parenting