Q: What is psychotherapy and what does a psychotherapist do?
Psychotherapy is the treatment of psychological problems by talking to the client. Psychotherapists usually work one-to one, with couples or in groups. The aim is to co-create an environment to promote personal growth. This is established through insight, self-awareness, validation and confrontation of self-limiting beliefs.

Q: Who does a psychotherapist work with?
People generally seek psychotherapy when they are aware of being stuck in their lives. This may be a symptom of their depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, stress, separation or any other of life's changes. Often the clients are off work due to being medically signed off by their G.P.

Q: How does a psychotherapist cope with everyone's problems?
Psychotherapists work with individuals so that they become resourceful and have the strength to work through their own problems.

Q: How do psychological problems affect people’s work?
Psychological problems affect individuals in many ways often resulting in them having a sense of 'losing it', being lost, being stuck etc. Work often suffers as people may become distant, agitated, aggressive, obsessive and physically ill.

Q: How does psychotherapy help?
People need to feel valued, understood, challenged and taken seriously, which are some of the roles of psychotherapy. Clients are encouraged to respond appropriately to the problems in their lives, which if carried over into the work place will make them more available to work and able to become more active in promoting productivity and growth.

Q: How many people suffer from stress related issues?
It is amazing how common depression, anxiety and panic attacks are. They are symptoms that can affect people from all walks of life and different cultural backgrounds. They are subjects which are rarely discussed due to the stigma attached, however most people know someone who has had some sort of break down. It can be a very frightening state to experience.

Q: Does therapy drag up the past?
Clients often want to share events from the past.  However, both client and therapist are aware that they are unable to change the past. What is possible though is that clients are able to get what they need now in order to lead fulfilling lives today.

Q: How many sessions do you work to?
For some clients one session is enough, others may take longer. Usually a commitment of six sessions is agreed at the start of therapy as this provides greater potential for working together and making progress.

Q: How is Transactional Analysis different from other therapies?
Transactional Analysts work to contract so both client and therapist are aware of their working agreement and that the therapy will stop when the contract has been fulfilled. Transactional Analysts have a model of human behaviour that they are able to use with the client to gain insight.

Julie Guest

Purley-on-Thames, Reading. RG8 8DS

Telephone: 0118 984 3171; 07976 634649