Is there a London Psychotherapy Centre?
The main centres for psychotherapy in London are as follows: The London Centre for Psychotherapy (020 7467 8564), The North West London Psychotherapy Centre (020 7431 5192), London Psychotherapy (020 7467 8564), The Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy (020 8371 0180), The Tavistock Clinic (020 8435 7111) and The Westminster Pastoral Foundation (020 7378 2000). There are also a number of smaller organizations in London.
How do I go about getting an appointment with a psychotherapist?
You don’t necessarily need a referral letter. You can phone up the centre and they will look for a psychotherapist that suitable for you. This is the case with most of the organizations. However, at London Psychotherapy a consultation session will be booked straight away; in this initial session, you will be able to discuss exactly what you are looking for in the therapy.
How do I know whether the psychotherapist is right for me?
When you phone up a psychotherapy centre, they will ask you a number of questions. For instance, they might ask you whether you want a male or female psychotherapist. They will probably also ask you whether you have any preferences for the style of therapist. Do you, for example, want a Freudian psychotherapist, an Adlerian psychotherapist, an existential psychotherapist, a Jungian psychologist, a humanistic therapist or an independent psychotherapist? There are many more types. It is beyond the remit of this present article to discuss the techniques and philosophies surrounding each of these therapies; however, it is important to do your research before booking your first appointment. For more information on the different types of therapy see the following : website.
How long does the psychotherapy last and how many times a week will I have to go?
Psychotherapy can last for years and people can invest a huge amount of time and energy during this process. Some people have been known to undergo psychotherapy (or psychoanalysis) for six or seven years, between three and five times a week, and it tends to take over their lives.
It is important to recognize that some people need intensive psychotherapy. However, Kraft, at London Psychotherapy, believes that the client should be in control of his or her psychotherapy. He points out that some people need the support of their psychotherapist over a number of years and that this helps them to lead and fulfilled and happy life. He also says that others, perhaps at the beginning of their psychotherapy, when they are most vulnerable, need more frequent sessions during the week, and that this reduces over a period of time. But Kraft feels very strongly that the role of psychotherapy is to support people in their lives and that it should not become a central part of a client’s existence. There are some exceptions to this. Sometimes, clients need a huge amount of support; but, the overall goal is to help them to lead a fulfilled life. Even if the client continue to see the psychotherapist, the therapy should be supportive and not all consuming. Kraft uses a strategic approach in order to help people achieve their goals in a shorter amount of time. The psychotherapy is sometimes analytical, but there is always ‘holding’. The most important aspect of the psychotherapy is the continual support that is given during treatment. Even after the treatment has finished, clients know that they can ring at any time to say how they are doing or to book a ‘boaster session’.
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