Looking for a specialist psychotherapist in London but don’t know where to look? Help is at hand.
The first question to consider is what sort of therapist you are looking for. There are many types of therapist, and it is worth looking at the main ones briefly. One may divide the approaches to clinical psychology into five categories as follows:
- Somatic Therapies (pharmacotherapy, ECT, psychosurgery)
- Psychodynamic Therapies (psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy)
- Behavioural Therapies (pure behaviourism, radical behaviourism, social learning, soft behaviourism, behaviour modification)
- Cognitive Therapies (cognitive and cognitive-behaviour therapy, automatic thought treatment, RET)
- Humanistic (phenomenological)
Psychotherapy falls within the second category. Traditionally, psychotherapy is a lengthy procedure: during the therapy, the client recounts day-to-day thoughts, problems and feelings, as well as important episodes in the past-particularly from childhood. The client is encouraged to move from one thought to the next-a technique known as ‘free association’-and to ‘work through’ difficult situations from the past or in the present. During this process, the client gains considerable insight into his or her psychopathology, and may begin to remove or shift unwanted repression, helping the ego to manage difficult scenarios in a more positive or appropriate manner. The therapist’s rôle is to encourage the client to address and analyze these feelings; it is important not to interrupt the client especially when there is an awkward silence-it is often here, especially when the client exhibits an uncomfortable movement or expression, that an important point is about to be made.
David Kraft is a skilled psychotherapist who also uses psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy treatment can vary in length. Kraft points out that most clients who come for help, want to feel that they are improving straight away-they don’t want to be in therapy for a long period of time. Kraft, therefore uses strategic psychotherapy in order to get at the heart of the problem as quickly as possible; in some instance, he uses hypnotherapy to accelerate and enhance this process. However, some clients feel that they need support over a long period of time-i.e., for several years.
Can I improve and feel better quickly?
Yes. Kraft has had a lot of experience working with people who have needed urgent attention; and, sometimes, people feel better after one or two sessions-the support that they are given helps them to continue their lives in an appropriate and healthy manner. Kraft believes that constant, reliable support is the key to psychotherapy.
How do I choose the right psychotherapist in central London?
Psychotherapists must have been through psychotherapy themselves. This is important because, if they are to help clients in the consulting room, they must have had the experience themselves in order to empathize them. When you book a session with a psychotherapist, it is important that you book a few sessions to see whether you feel comfortable in that setting. Trust is extremely important: you must feel that you trust your psychotherapist before you embark on your journey-however long or short that experience might be. The best psychotherapists are the ones that let you decide how frequently you attend sessions. You must be in control of your psychotherapy if you want to be in control of your life!
How do I book an appointment at London Psychotherapy?
It used to be the case that one had to go to one’s GP in order to get a referral letter; however, nowadays, one can simply go to the appropriate website or ring and book a session. For a consultation appointment at London Psychotherapy, ring 020 7467 8564.