What is Psychotherapy?

When we undertake a course of psychotherapy we are embarking on a process of self-discovery and personal growth. This could either be learning ways to deal with difficulties we are facing, finding ways to fulfil our potential or overcoming traumatic experiences from our past.

Initially psychotherapy helps by facilitating us in developing awareness of our psychology. The awareness of how we feel, think and behave and what our perceptions are of ourselves and others is important in the process of change. When we discover how our perceptions and attitudes affect our decision making process we can approach situations in a new way . This awareness is invaluable because essentially what we are doing is bringing our unconscious processes into our conscious awareness.

As we become more aware of our unconscious we are able to process things differently and make decisions which are based on creating healthier outcomes. Healthier decisions are easier to make when we are not in internal conflict; i.e. where part of our psyche is acting in ways which holds or keeps us stuck. Without this self sabotage we can start to move beyond our self limiting beliefs.

This essentially is what psychotherapy is. The therapist helps us to move along this process through compassion and understanding. The therapist reflects back to us, in many different ways, who we are and how we experience ourself. This can help us learn about the decisions we have made about and how this influences our sense of self. limiting psychology.

Prior to this experience of receiving feedback from a skilled, intuitive therapist we have probably believed that what we thought and feltwas normal. Indeed was normal for us but this is because we lived with this understanding for a long time as our perception of things had become more ingrained through our reinforcing psychology. We can often experience a sense of enlightenment when we realise that what we have always thought as “normal” is our unique psychological outlook based on our past experiences. We can then approach our problems from a more expansive viewpoint.

When this moment is reached in psychotherapy we can truly feel liberated.

CURRENT NEWS: I offer a 50% reduction for the initial consultation.

The initial consultation will last 50 minutes and will give you a chance to meet with me so you can get a sense of what psychotherapy with me will be like. The price for this is £35.

To make an appointment call on 07941 488851, or go to Initial Consultation for further information.


Psychotherapy can help us:

  • Take control of our life
  • REDUCE CONFLICT: internal
    and interpersonal
  • Overcome our struggles
  • Deal with DEPRESSION
  • Find meaning and purpose in life
  • Overcome difficult feelings: anxiety, ANGER, grief, fear
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with psychiatric illness
  • Increase the quality of our relationships
  • Deal with panic attacks
  • Get out of our stuck experiences
  • Grow and develop
  • Learn new parenting skills
  • Overcome sexual difficulties: past or present
  • Deal with domestic abuse: past or present
  • Deal with self-limiting beliefs
  • Discover who we are
  • Stop smoking
  • Increase our self awareness
  • Learn how to succeed
  • Increase our self-esteem
  • Deal with obsessive behaviour
  • Change our negative thinking

Thank you for visiting my website

Hello and welcome to the Kingston Psychotherapy website. My name is Michael Hartley. I am a qualified psychotherapist and have been in private practice since 1995. I offer psychotherapy for individuals and couples.

What you can find on this website

This website has information about what psychotherapy is and how it may help you. You can also find information about the types of issues you can address in psychotherapy. There is also information about psychotherapy for couples which you may find helpful if you are considering couples therapy.

Further to this I have written a brief autobiography so you have some knowledge about me, what my experience and level of expertise is. I have included this because I believe choosing the right therapist is a crucial ingredient in the success of psychotherapy. I hope this information is of use to you.

If you want to discuss anything further or want to arrange an initial consultation then call me on 07941 488851 or EMAIL ME.

I hope you find what you are looking for.