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Psychotherapy

There are different types of psychotherapy to help people with mental illnesses understand more about themselves, improve relationships and cope with everyday life. It is particularly helpful for people with long-term or recurring mental health problems. Psychotherapy can help manage schizophrenia by providing better insight into problems.
Psychotherapy is a talking treatment in which a trained psychotherapist gives a person time to think about and discuss their feelings. It looks at how things in their past affect the way a person currently feels, thinks and behaves.
It can give a person insight into things that have happened which may cause them to feel a certain way now, or create triggers for a mental illness. It can help a person explore symptoms and their significance, and, through this new level of understanding, control them better.
A psychotherapist can help a person overcome:

  • Stress
  • Emotional problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Troublesome habits
  • Problems, such as hearing voices.

Psychotherapy at WLMHT

In a relationship built on respect and trust, a WLMHT psychotherapist will work with a person on setting achievable goals that emphasis a person’s strengths and will help them build a more satisfying life.
WLMHT likes to include carers and friends in a person’s psychotherapy, if appropriate. This can give a person the support needed to make positive changes in their life.
A person has regular meetings with their therapist, lasting 30 to 60 minutes at a time. These can be weekly or more often if needed. Depending on the issues being discussed, the therapy can last for weeks, months or longer.
There are different types of psychotherapy:

  • Family and marital therapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Cognitive analytical therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Counselling

Some of these are available at WLMHT, but unfortunately demand does exceed our resources, and we have to prioritise based on need.