Psychotherapy and Personality Disorder Hub
The Psychotherapy and Personality Disorder Hub is made up of a core team of therapists and clinicians with training in a range of psychotherapy modalities. Some therapists are referred to as trainees or honorary therapists meaning that although they are experienced mental health professionals, they are receiving specific further training in psychotherapy. All clinical work is carried out under the supervision of senior psychotherapists in the service.
Psychotherapy includes a range of different approaches to solving some of the problems which people experience in their lives. The way we see ourselves and others and the way we think, feel and act are coloured by what has happened to us throughout our lives. Many of the problems which occur are psychological in nature and may not have responded to medication.
All interventions in this service begin by talking about the problems with an experienced therapist. This can lead to working together to understand the patterns of thinking, acting and emotional responses which are the sources of problems. With insight and understanding, it is possible to make changes and gain more control in our lives. This sometimes takes a long time and can be challenging.
The aim of therapy is to encourage people to talk about their difficulties in order to increase their understanding of themselves and manage their lives more effectively. In therapy, you are encouraged to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to find new ways of coping with your life. Therapy often evokes strong feelings that may be uncomfortable. Periods of frustration and disappointment are a normal part of therapy and should be discussed with the therapist. Some types of therapy involve tasks between sessions such as keeping a diary. It’s important that time is allowed to commit to carrying out all tasks in order to benefit from therapy.
What sorts of problems can be helped by psychotherapy?
Difficulties in our lives can sometimes be manifest in confusing and surprising ways, and people report different ways of suffering their problems. Problems of emotional responses, or with thinking and acting may be explored in therapy; long-standing difficulties in coping with life events or relationships; recurring patterns in damaging relationships or behaviours; anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessions and excessive distress brought on by trauma, abuse or bereavement. Complex difficulties in families can be examined and understood, and problems in establishing attachment bonds can be helped and supported through psychotherapy.