Maeve Peoples is a psychotherapist working on-line on Zoom as well as in person in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
Psychotherapy can be either short or long term. Sometimes people move in and out of therapy as life situations change, when additional support is needed or we simply want a little space to explore an aspect of our life. At the early stages of therapy, space is given over to discuss the frequency of reviews, how therapy is progressing, as well as confidentiality and the codes of practice governing the same.
A persons reasons for entering therapy depend, very much, on their circumstances. Sometimes something ‘big’ happens, the loss of a loved one through bereavement, or the end of a significant relationship. At other times specific symptoms may need to be explored in a safe space. These could include social anxiety, eating issues or compulsive behaviour. Sometimes we are confronted by big life questions that we need to explore in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. For some, there may be nothing specific.
Psychotherapy shouldn’t ever dictate the solutions to your circumstances. Since it takes individuals on such a personal basis, it never could, as there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Each person’s situation is considered only in the light of his or her own history. This allows us to work in unique and meaningful ways. For example, some opportunities might be found in practices such as art therapy, journaling or exploring mindfulness. Through the therapeutic relationship, psychotherapy allows the client to listen to himself or herself from a new and more productive perspective.