HOW THERAPY WORKS
Why Seek Therapy?
Therapy, either with a psychotherapist or a counselling psychologist, is about treating your mental health. It is about getting your thoughts about yourself and things around you into a balanced, integrated and supportive place. It aims at changing your behaviour and perception, about internal and external experiences and life events, to your benefit.
What Kind of Conditions Can a Psychologist Treat?
Psychology can help you cope with a variety of challenging mental conditions, including trauma, anger management, addiction, financial problems, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, divorce and relationship problems, eating disorders, depression and anxiety, general well-being, bereavement or loss. Many people also reach out for help from a psychology practitioner to overcome a spectrum of different phobias.
How Therapy Works
In the case of counselling psychologists, the general approach to therapy involves the following steps:
• Identifying and understanding the ideas, behaviours and emotions that contribute to your condition, state of mind, or quality of life.
• Once identified, taking effective steps towards modifying those thoughts and feelings to allow you handle life experiences without becoming mentally stressed.
• A Harley street psychologist may ask you to recall and identify any problematic life events that you have gone through in the past, that may be influencing or colouring your interpretation of events in the present.
• Drawing on scientifically based methods, the psychologist will support you to develop problem solving skills and coping techniques.
• Using CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), gradual exposure to the source of anxiety, and challenging negative or outdated thought patterns, you will be helped to regain your sense of control as well as accessing pleasure and joy from life.
History of Harley Street Psychology and Psychotherapy
Since the 19th century, London’s Harley Street has been considered the central location for the city’s finest medical, surgical and psychological therapy specialists. In its earliest days, in the 1860s, there were only 20 doctors on the prestigious street, but by the time the National Health Service had been established in 1948, around 1,500 medical experts were practicing their professional skills there, with the number continuing to grow ever since.
Today, there are many more reputable clinical institutions situated on Harley Street, with the number of medical professionals working there considered to be in the region of 30,000, so finding a qualified psychologist in London on Harley Street who is a good match, and can offer effective psychotherapy, isn’t that hard.