What Can Psychotherapy Treat?

There is a tendency to speak of mental well-being in terms of ‘illnesses’, but we find it more helpful to think of it in terms of everyday experiences.  Some feelings which can be helped by psychotherapy include:

  • hopelessness, despair, feeling suicidal and overwhelmed
  • a lack of energy, motivation, initiative or inspiration
  • feelings of shame, guilt or humiliation
  • feeling trapped, stifled, suffocated
  • relationship issues – turbulence or separation, difficulties in finding partners or maintaining relationships, extreme anxiety whilst within relationships
  • sex related issues – lack of desire, impotence, addiction, promiscuity, unsettling fantasies or dreams
  • sexuality issues – confusion about one’s sexual preferences and desires, concern about their incompatibility with one’s existing life
  • excessive stress – manifesting as sleeplessness, insomnia, disturbed sleep
  • inability to relax or switch off, a constant sense of worry and anxiety, fear about the future
  • career upheaval or stagnation, redundancy or intensely stressful periods
  • financial worries, concerns about falling behind peers or not providing adequately for one’s family, a sense of impending financial doom or running out of money
  • impulsive behaviour – recklessness, loss of control, a feeling of things slipping away
  • self-esteem, self-confidence, body image or appearance issues, confusion and discomfort around eating
  • concerns around aging, serious or terminal illness
  • challenges around parenthood, postpartum depression, feeling inadequate as a parent
  • loss and bereavement – processing grief, rebuilding one’s life, picking up the pieces, rebuilding from the ruins

Whatever it is that is troubling you, psychotherapy offers a human approach to distress and gives you a space in which to get back on top of life.  

If one prefers more classical diagnoses of one’s problems, then one might find the following list helpful, all of which can be helped by psychotherapy:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • borderline personality disorder (BPD) 
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • long-term illnesses
  • eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating
  • drug misuse