What is a Psychotherapist?

A psychotherapist is a mental health professional who is trained to listen empathically to someone’s problems in order to find out what is causing their difficulties, and to help find a solution.

As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, a psychotherapist can suggest strategies for resolving problems and, if necessary, help change attitudes and behaviour.

Some therapists teach specific skills to help people tolerate painful emotions, manage relationships more effectively or, to improve behaviour. They encourage people to develop their own solutions, and in group therapy all participants therefore support each other with advice and encouragement.

Which conditions can Psychotherapy treat?

Some of the conditions that psychotherapy and other talking therapies can be used to treat:

• Depression

• Anxiety disorders

• Border-line personality disorder (BPD)

• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Long-term illness

• Eating disorders (anorexia nervosabulimia and binge-eating, etc)

• Substance misuse and Gambling addiction

Sean Turner MBACP (Accred), UKRCP

T: 01768 210965 – E: imago.therapy@btinternet.com

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