What is Psychotheraphy



Psychotherapy can be described as ‘an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained psychotherapists to aid a client or patient in the problems of living. It aims to increase the individual’s sense of their own wellbeing’. Person-centered therapy (PCT) is also known as person-

centered psychotherapy, person-centered counseling, client-centered therapy and Rogerian psychotherapy. PCT is a form of talk psychotherapy developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. The goal of PCT is to provide clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self where they can realise and understand how their attitudes, feelings and behaviors are being negatively affected. This is enabled by the therapist creating a facilitative therapeutic relationship.


The International Transactional Analysis Association define Transactional Analysis as ‘a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change’. It also offers a theory of personality, a theory of communication, a theory of child development and a theory of psychopathology. It was founded by an American psychiatrist Eric Berne who believed that people as children could make unconscious decisions about themselves, important people and the environment in order to get their survival needs met. In later life some of these decisions can become outmoded, restrictive, and prevent people living their lives to the full. They can also make people very unhappy. It is the therapist’s task to help unravel these processes and bring them into consciousness.


I am trained both as a counsellor and a Transactional Analysis psychotherapist.Both modalities incorporate active listening skills incorporating empathy, respect and the provision of a safe environment. Using these, I can also use my knowledge, experience and judgement as a psychotherapist to understand and, hopefully when appropriate, help bring to light deeper thoughts and feelings, both useful and not so useful which you might be going through. We can then look at how these might affect you and your relationships.