What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. It is non-drug based and involves talking to a trained therapist but sometimes other methods may be used, for example, play, art, music, drama or movement. Psychotherapy can help a person to discuss feelings they have about themselves and other people, particularly family and those close to them. A therapist treats sessions as confidential. This means clients can trust them with information that may be personal or embarrassing.

Psychotherapists are mental health professionals trained to listen to a person's problems to try to find out what's causing them and help find a solution. As well as listening and discussing important issues with their client, a psychotherapist can suggest strategies for resolving problems and, if necessary, help them change their attitudes and behaviour.

More information about psychotherapy can be found on the NHS Choices site.

Irene Brown-Martin BA, PGcert, PGdip, MA (Goldsmiths)

Irene has been practising psychotherapy and counselling since 2009 specialising in children and adolescents, ante and postnatal, and in-school services for children and teachers, including awareness  workshops.

She graduated with a BA(HONS) Sociology, PGcert in Humanistic and Psychodynamic counselling, PGdip in Psychodynamic counselling and MA in Psychodynamic Counselling from Goldsmiths college, University of London. Her final dissertation, based on the possible impact  of negative maternal experience and the sexualised behaviour of an adolescent male, was selected for publication by the university. Irene has worked within, and continues to work with, a number of renowned not-for-profit organisations including Place2Be, Bromley Y and The Priory, and has ongoing experience working within primary and secondary schools, and Pupil Referral Units (PRU) in London.