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Peoples Experiences of Therapy

When people think about therapy they can hold a multitude of beliefs. Some see it as useless musing about one’s difficulties or pretentious hypothesising focused on past experiences. Others hold more positive views of counselling and psychotherapy by appreciating the increased insights it can offer. These insights can relate to better understanding the expressions of one’s difficulties by for example having a detailed grasp of triggers relating to distress. Some also appreciate outside input and the sharing of burden with someone else. There are many counsellors in London who mainly focus on providing an open and non-judgemental ear.

People see it differently

Opinions can vary but what many clients who are new to therapy experience is an initial apprehension when talking with a counsellor or therapist. Opening up to a stranger can feel like a daunting task. This can be complicated further when patients experience a strong amount of shame in regards to their problems. Sufferers of OCD can for example experience intrusive thoughts and obsessions of being a paedophile and without really understanding the nature of their intrusive thoughts, they will always endure increased distress when opening up to a mental health professional. Once clients get into the flow of things, many find it much easier to open up and connect with their counsellor.

After the introductory stage, many therapists would now focus on achieving a somewhat detailed understanding of a client’s difficulties. This will often motivate clients to explore and analyse their problems from a more observant perspective. Many believe that this can aid in reducing a client’s distress as their difficulties no longer feel like an uncoordinated mess in their head.

More active styles such as those informed by cognitive behavioural therapy, will try and provide ways as to how a client can become their own therapist. This can be achieved by for example introducing tailored methods and techniques. Many clients will enjoy the added sense of control whilst many also see those initial benefits from therapy as a strong motivator to continue.

A healthy progression in therapy can make a client gain further understanding and relevant knowledge whilst being able to share their difficulties with someone.

One of the most important factors behind a client’s experience of therapy in London is that the therapist and their treatment approach match. For example, sometimes a client will be looking for straight forward solutions whereas their counsellor will want to engage in a deep level exploration. It is not always obvious who would be a good fit and who wouldn’t. Recognising who is fitting and who isn’t depends on many factors and can be especially complicated by the fact that therapy in London is an unregulated market. Knowing the factors which determine a likely positive course of therapy will therefore likely require too much effort for anyone uninitiated in the field. Especially for those who seek immediate relief of their difficulties. So finding someone suitable can be a daunting task to achieve, which is why our service can help you find a suitable therapist in London. Just connect with us and we’ll match you with a fitting professional for free.