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Psychotherapy involves a process of exploration undertaken by the therapist and patient together in order to gain an understanding of the unconscious processes which take place in our minds and get expressed in all our relationships. Our early experiences are important in shaping the way our minds work and a large part of our mind operates outside of our conscious awareness.In the psychotherapy sessions the client is encouraged to reflect on whatever is uppermost in his/her mind during regular 50 minute sessions.

Feelings, thoughts, wishes, fears, memories and dreams can be explored within the relationship between the therapist and client. The client is helped to understand the unconscious processes which affect their conscious thinking and behaviour. In this way, psychotherapy can gradually bring about self understanding, particularly how past experiences can affect current behaviour, and this enables the patient to find more appropriate ways of being, and of coping with difficulties.

In psychotherapy, the therapist is non directive and will not usually give advice. The process involves the therapist following and paying attention to whatever the client presents and offering their understanding of this, including possible unconscious influences, the aim being to enable the client to think in new ways about his/her life and thereby to find his/her own solutions to problems. Also, the relationship between the therapist and client is a key element in the treatment. People seeking psychotherapy are usually those who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of their symptoms and behaviour and whose symptoms are more pervasive, less specific and more longstanding. This motivation is an important prerequisite of psychotherapy