Many people experience emotional difficulties at some time in their lives. These are often resolved without professional help. Sometimes, however, such difficulties may be persistent due to their deep-seated nature and their origins in early experience. In psychotherapy, the therapist is interested in listening to you and trying to help you understand how past experiences, sometimes from childhood, affect your life today and the way you view yourself. Psychotherapy is a place for you and your therapist to think together about your thoughts and feelings.

Individual Psychotherapy can be helpful for:

  • difficulties in making and sustaining satisfactory relationships
  • sexual problems
  • confusions about identity
  • feelings of emptiness, loneliness and meaninglessness
  • anxiety, panic attacks and stress
  • depression and feelings of chronic anger
  • difficulties associated with loss, bereavement or trauma
  • problems with education and career attainments
  • addictions, self-harm, eating disorders
  • difficulties as a result of violence and abuse
  • problems with physical symptoms for which there is no medical explanation, but which may be an expression of emotional pain

(This section is based on information available at the London Centre for Psychotherapy website: