Psychotherapy involves what is known and what may not be known in personal functioning, usually referred to as “conscious and unconscious factors”.
Through a holistic perspective, psychotherapy encompasses the mental, emotional, behavioural, relational, existential and spiritual health of a human being.
A psychotherapist engages with a person or group in a co-created process of deep listening and empathic exploration of experience. Together they may explore social factors that shape an individual’s life experience, behaviours, and values that shape their understanding of who they are in relation to others, and how they create meaning.
Aspects of problem solving are integrated into an affective approach that involves deep structural adjustment of the psyche and encompasses the context of the whole person.
As well as talking, the client can choose from many approaches, including group interaction, art, music, dance, body work, drama, sand play, movement and energy work, and soul work.
Psychotherapy may be short or long term depending on many factors including the modality of psychotherapy, education and experience of the practitioner, level of the clients physiological and psychological disturbance, client choice and the willingness of the client to engage in the process of change.