A person who is thinking of entering therapy would often say that being listened to, being taken seriously, and hearing yourself say something to another person - often for the first time - is very important.
It brings into the consulting room something that has been unspoken, sometimes for many years or, indeed, a lifetime.
It is daunting to see how many therapy types are available - and answering the decision "which therapy is right for me?" is not an easy one given the rich range of therapies available.
Common to ALL successful outcomes - and regardless of the type of therapy - is a good working relationship between the therapist and the client or patient.
In psychoanalytic therapy the joint work is guided by what comes into the patient's mind and what is then said or not said by him or by her.
It is the patient's story or narrative that drives the process of analysis - and not the assumptions and presumptions of an analyst.
Symptoms presented to talking therapists are many and varied and some conditions will require specialist therapy or medical intervention or both: a professional therapist will always recommend an alternative or complementary treatment as and if necessary.