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Clinic / Practitioner Locality Guide: Psychotherapy

Find an Psychotherapist in your state or city

ACT  
NSW (2) Sydney (2)
NT (1) Darwin (1) | Alice Springs (1)
QLD (3) Brisbane (3)
SA (1) Adelaide (1)
TAS  
VIC (2) Melbourne (2) | Geelong (2)
WA  
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What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between you and a therapist to enable you to explore and resolve issues that may be blocking you from having the quality of life that you want.

Issues that may lead you to seek the help of a psychotherapist include anxiety, depression, stress, challenges at work or in relationships, loss and grief, separation and divorce, low energy, lack of enthusiasm, recurring physical problems such as back pain and digestive difficulties, especially when these do not appear to have a physical cause, or just a general feeling of dissatisfaction with one’s life.

If you are experiencing physical symptoms, I would advise you to consult a medical practitioner as, whilst psychotherapy may be helpful in some such cases, it is not a substitute for clinical or medical attention.

Whilst psychotherapy can be of great help with all the above difficulties, you do not have to have a problem to benefit from psychotherapy.

You can also benefit if you wish to have a more fulfilling and meaningful life, and a better relationship with yourself and others..

The terms counselling and psychotherapy are sometimes used interchangeably,
others use the word psychotherapy to refer to a more in-depth process than
counselling. There are also many different schools of psychotherapy and counselling.

The methods used vary from just talking sessions to sessions that include role-play, bodywork, visualisation, breathing techniques and other methods depending on the particular approach.

Some counsellors and psychotherapists have a more theoretical training, others have trained more experientially. In my opinion a combination of experiential and theoretical training is ideal.

Some people use the term experiential to mean either being in the therapists role, or watching therapists at work. Others, including myself, use the term experiential to mean that the therapist has undergone therapy himself or herself.

Again some schools of therapy require the therapists to have undergone a substantial number of therapy sessions themselves, whereas others do not have that requirement. In my training in London in somatic psychotherapy, we were required to undergo at least 150 hours of individual therapy sessions in addition to group therapy and theoretical training over a period of four years.

Research has shown that the quality of the relationship between you and your therapist is at least as important, and often more important, than the particular school or method used.

Choosing a therapist is an important process and what suits one person may not suit another, so I suggest that, in addition to considering what method or methods appeal to you, you contact the therapist and have a chat to find out whether what you are looking for and what the practitioner is offering match up.

Information provided by:

Donald Marmara,
Somatic psychotherapist and counsellor.
Ph: 02 9413 9794                
www.coredevelopment.com.au

For more explanation see:
Donald Marmara - Psychotherapist, Core Development Coaching & Mentoring Sydney

Mind-Body-Emotions

Somatic psychotherapy is based on the understanding that your mental, emotional and physical states are interconnected, and that emotional and mental changes affect your body, and vice-versa. Rather than separating mind, body and emotions, I deal with all aspects of yourself and their interconnectedness.

- See more at: http://www.coredevelopment.com.au/somatic-psychotherapy#sthash.mOkDNvee.dpuf

Mind-Body-Emotions

Somatic psychotherapy is based on the understanding that your mental, emotional and physical states are interconnected, and that emotional and mental changes affect your body, and vice-versa. Rather than separating mind, body and emotions, I deal with all aspects of yourself and their interconnectedness.

- See more at: http://www.coredevelopment.com.au/somatic-psychotherapy#sthash.mOkDNvee.dpuf

Mind-Body-Emotions

Somatic psychotherapy is based on the understanding that your mental, emotional and physical states are interconnected, and that emotional and mental changes affect your body, and vice-versa. Rather than separating mind, body and emotions, I deal with all aspects of yourself and their interconnectedness.

- See more at: http://www.coredevelopment.com.au/somatic-psychotherapy#sthash.mOkDNvee.dpuf
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