Who Has Psychotherapy?

People who seek psychotherapy often do so because they are experiencing difficulties in their life. These difficulties can take many forms from a relationship break-up or problems, to stress at work, feeling intense, uncomfortable feelings or coming to terms with painful life experiences. When people encounter these types of difficulties they usually revert to familiar ways of coping which may inhibit their ability to resolve the issue. These repetitive life patterns may be self-limiting, even when we are not under stress.

However we often do not realise how limiting these patterns are until a crisis arises. We often realise that we have had a similar experience and recognise that we are dealing with it in a very similar way, even if we suspect we will have a similar, unsatisfactory outcome. This is often the time when we seek help from a professional psychotherapist because we feel like we “can’t cope” or because we “do not want to go through this again.”

People who undertake psychotherapy are people who want more from their life. I do not mean in a material way it is more about finding contentment, inner peace and harmony, or to fulfil one’s potential. Psychotherapy can help us address whatever we feel our personal dissatisfaction is about. Whatever the particular reason for considering psychotherapy, when we start therapy it is because we have come to a decision that we want our life to be different.

Psychotherapy does not just have to be an option for other people as many different types of people from all walks of life seek psychotherapy when they are dissatisfied with their life circumstances. For instance the types of people who seek psychotherapy to deal with life difficulties vary from barristers, teachers, accountants and doctors to sales and business people. But this is also not just a middle class pursuit. Many factory workers, low waged, unemployed and people on benefits also attend psychotherapy.

Professional help can be sought at any time. Whether this is to deal with a “crisis” or because we want to feel good about ourselves or have more intimacy in our relationships with loved ones. Some people just want to understand themselves and learn about who they are and how they interrelate with others. All these situations are valid reasons to start psychotherapy to help explore, understand and change what is happening. In these circumstances psychotherapy can be a process of self discovery and self realisation.

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.