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What is online psychotherapy?

Sigmund Freud, the 19th Century Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and founding father of psychoanalysis, developed what came to be known as the ‘talking cure’. This term was coined by one of Freud’s patients who noticed that after talking to him, over time her symptoms completely disappeared.

This method of psychotherapy holds the belief that for better or worse, past experiences, whether consciously remembered or not, can deeply influence the way a person interacts and relates to the world. People tend to look at the world through a unique lens mainly constituted from these past influences.

R.D Laing - Photo ©John Haynes

Seeing a psychotherapist over time is a way of being helped to understand and explore these experiences so that you can better understand yourself and the lens through which you see the world, and with understanding can come a deeper insight into what and how one has been deeply affected by ones past.

Both online psychotherapy, and face-to-face therapy sessions, are ways of talking and reflecting with another that can help you to begin to look at your life and your way of being in the world. It is about beginning to piece together and become aware of repeating patterns of behaviour and experiences that have not worked for you. Talking in this way with a professionally trained online psychotherapist can offer new and creative ways of thinking about your life.

It is through the therapeutic relationship that problematic aspects of your life can be addressed, thought about, and their meaning understood. This is because talking in a safe and confidential space to someone who really listens to you can have a profound effect. It is through this unique and special kind of conversation that deep and lasting change can occur using online psychotherapy.

Is Online Psychotherapy right for me?

Online psychotherapy is a creative and unique space of exploration that can help you deal with anxiety, depression, fear, loss, bereavement, trauma, and other mental health and emotional issues.

Both Sigmund Freud, the 19th Century founding father of psychoanalysis and others, such as the radical and existentialist influenced psychiatrist and psychotherapist of the 1970s R.D. Laing, believed that as people we are not transparent to ourselves; and therefore do not know ourselves as well as we think.

We can be divided against ourselves, hence you might not always be aware of the reasons for doing what you do and find yourself on occasions sabotaging your efforts. You might also find yourself repeating unwanted or addictive behaviours or having feelings or thoughts that appear to be out of your control. You might have tried to combat these out-of-control aspects of yourself with self-help techniques alone and found that they did not resolve the problem. You might then wonder why this is so and wonder what the answer is. Through talking to a trained therapist, over time, understanding can be discovered and insights gained. On the 'How Therapy Helps' page you can learn more about how to improve your mental health and happiness through online psychotherapy or local therapy in Hampstead & Harrow.

"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit." - E.E. Cummings

"We are strangers to ourselves" ¬†- “We can see other people’s behaviour, but not their experience” - R.D. Laing