English Language Counselling & Psychotherapy in Hannover (Braunschweig & Hamburg)
Many people see a psychotherapist or counsellor at some point of their lives.
I want to see a psychotherapist - am I mad?
Many people see a psychotherapist or counsellor at some point of their lives. It is in fact quite normal - and many things can bring you to counselling such as stress or feeling overwhelmed by life. You may be experiencing depression or facing a mayor change in life like a bereavement that feels too painful to bear. It can help to talk to someone in a confidential and non-judgemental environment.
How does psychotherapy work?
Psychotherapy as well as counselling will help you to think about your experiences whilst also encouraging you to be in touch with all your emotions. A psychotherapist helps you to understand deeply engrained pattern of being in the world.
Psychotherapy works partly through a framework of regular 50-minute sessions. The rhythm of one or two weekly sessions on the same day at the same time helps to heal wounds inflicted by experiences of abandonment and disruptive caregiving.
The therapeutic relationship maintains firm boundaries, which gives you the freedom to talk about issues you would not be able to share with a friend.
Why does it take so long to change?
Our thinking influences our behaviour. Familiar thought pattern are wired into our brain. It takes time to learn a different way of looking at the world. For example, when we have been abused as a child we may experience the world as scary and frightening. Rejection leaves deep scares on our psyche and it may be very hard to learn to trust someone. We may unconsciously seek abusive partners because we do not believe that we are lovable. Therapy helps to escape that trap.
Is it better to talk or to take medication for psychological problems?
It is not a question of either or. During a psychotic breakdown it is vital to see a psychiatrist and take appropriate medication. Psychoanalytic therapy can help to deal with the underlying causes of psychosis.
Counselling can work very well alongside anti-depressant medication prescribed by a medical practitioner.
What benefits can be expected from therapy?
Therapy is an opportunity for personal development and growth. It will help you to understand yourself better and relate to yourself and others differently. Ultimately counselling as well as psychotherapy will help you to live more fully.
Is it best to have therapy in your native Language? Neither English nor German is my first language.
Many people have had therapy in their second or third language and found it worked for them. Immigration is a particularly difficult experience when you did not choose to leave your home country. It can help to talk to someone about how you are feeling.
What is trauma?
Trauma is an experience, which disrupts healthy functioning in the 'here and now'.
It can be caused by a single incident - e.g. a road accident - or through repeated adverse experiences - e.g. childhood neglect. Trauma therapy offers tools to heal traumatic wounds.
Do I really want to travel from Braunschweig/ Hamburg/ Berlin to Hannover?
As human beings we need to talk about what is happening to us. We need to share our stories and make sense of our life.
If you feel more comfortable speaking English than German it is worth considering seeing a therapist who can also work in English even when English is your second or third language.
Do phone sessions really work?
The experience of having counselling sessions on the phone (Skype) will be different to having counselling in person. It is worth thinking about why you may prefer 'long distance' therapy. If it is about being able to have English language sessions it may well be a good idea.
How do I end therapy?
You are of course free to leave therapy at any time. Sometimes an ending is agreed from the outset of treatment but if not, it is good practice to agree on an ending and to work towards that ending together.
How do I begin?
The very problems that bring us to therapy can make it equally difficult to seek help. It can be very hard to trust another human being to be willing to treat you with respect and compassion. I can only encourage you to take the first step.