Since the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud about 100 years ago, psychotherapy has evolved to include a wide variety of models and methods such as counselling, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, gestalt therapy and hypnotherapy. Whatever techniques and methods are used, however, the most important elements are the rapport and trust between client and therapist, and the willingness to work towards change.
We all have problems and difficulties in our lives and usually cope with them from day to day, but often the methods we use to cope are quite unhealthy.
We tend to avoid our problems, and the emotions that go with them, and turn to other things to distract us, or make us feel better, for a while. Instead of hiding from your problems and your emotions, psychotherapy is all about facing them, understanding them, and taking decisions and actions to change them. In other words, looking at your past and present, to create a better future.
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