What is Psychotherapy?

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a time, generally an hour a week, where you and the therapist meet in order to explore and gain insight/understanding of issues that are important to you. The issues may vary from distressing feelings/thoughts/behaviours, both past and present, through to talking about relationships that impact you or you taking the opportunity to gain a greater understanding about what motivates you. Psychotherapy at TACT involves exploring at depth the issues that you have brought in a safe, structured and confidential relationship and environment.

Depending on the nature of the issue the length of the therapy may vary. People who seek psychotherapy generally take longer to explore and work through what has brought them, working with deeper often subconscious processes.

The psychotherapy maybe on an individual basis but sessions can be provided for couples, children, young people, families or groups. The psychotherapy at TACT is practiced by Gestalt and Integrative psychotherapists who offer a wide range of interventions. (an explanation of the models are discussed below).

You may wonder what the difference is between psychotherapy and counselling and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, whom our practitioners are registered with say:-

‘UKCP believes the difference lies in the length and depth of training involved and in the quality of the relationship between client and therapist …(psychotherapists) have received more in-depth training than that undertaken by most counsellors.

UKCP’s training standards seek to ensure that UKCP Registrants are competent to practice to the highest standard.’

TACT psychotherapists are schooled in either the Gestalt or the Integrative Model of working.

Gestalt is a German word which means ‘whole or the sum of all its parts’. Gestalt practitioners believe that people have a natural need for health and wholeness having the ability to flex and move with what they require for a healthy life. Problems occur when this ‘flow’ gets fixed and old patterns disrupt the natural cycle of energy.

Gestalt practitioners address the ‘blocks’ by focusing on what is happening in the present moment, by brining into awareness the persons beliefs, patterns of behaviour, interactions etc. that have their roots in the past. By raising these into the ‘now’ the person is capable of taking responsibility for their actions and life in order to be more fully present in their lives. Gestalt practitioners use a variety of interventions to facilitate the client from talking through to dream processing, enacting scenarios to art and drawing.

TACT Integrative Psychotherapists aim to work with the client to encourage their individual development as well as their relationship with themselves, others and society as a whole. The therapy is based on the in depth relationship between therapist and client often exploring through dialogue, though not always, the client’s inner world to facilitate an integration of the clients thoughts, feelings, behaviours, body and transpersonal aspects. This model places an emphasis on the individuals own capacity for health and they are seen as the agents of their own change, self-regulation and choices. The psychotherapist helps facilitate the client through dialogue but may also use other methods of communication such as body work, art, drama etc.

 

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TACT Ltd
44 Newcomen Terrace,
Redcar.
Cleveland,
TS10 1DB

Tel: 01642 491212
Email: info@tact-ltd.co.uk

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