What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy refers to a wide variety of ways in which psychotherapists work with people to help them understand the things that are troubling them and develop news ways of dealing with these issues. Freud wrote that "love and work are the cornerstones to our humanness." Developing more satisfying, meaningful ways of living, working, playing and relating is at the heart of our work.

I use a variety of mainly psychodynamic approaches to work with you collaboratively on whatever you are finding difficult in your life. This can include identifying patterns that may repeat in your life which may contribute to these difficulties. Together we can develop new understandings and strategies to help you break free from old patterns that may have been useful and necessary in the past but are no longer helpful. Whatever is troubling you, my aim is to help you to live more creatively and fully.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is based on the principle that from our earliest years we have developed ways of dealing with emotional pain and distress such as fear, anger, grief and anxiety. Exploration with your therapist can help deepen your insight and self-awareness and over time allows you to make more conscious choices. This is the basis of lasting transformation and change in life, work and relationships.​

Do you need psychotherapy?​

People often come to therapy when they are experiencing difficulties or problems in their lives that they don't understand and can't resolve. Perhaps you may be feeling stuck in a situation that you feel you can't control or escape. Or maybe you feel sad but don't really know why. Perhaps you are struggling with a loss. Or maybe you are experiencing difficulties in one of the areas listed here.

What happens in a psychotherapy session?

One on one psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes long. I offer a non-judgemental, safe space to fully explore your needs and personal hopes and goals. I am committed to really listen to you and to work at fully understanding your experience of the issues bringing you to psychotherapy. I do not offer you advice or quick fixes. Instead, I work with you to develop understanding that leads to lasting change.


Petra Charlewood
027 820 5655