Penwith Psychotherapy Psychotherapy & Counselling
in St Ives & Penzance

Why Therapy?

It might be that there comes points in our lives when everything we hold dear, believe in, love seems no longer to be there for us or make sense. All meaning is stripped away. For others, coping strategies that have worked such as throwing themselves in to work, self-medicating with  alcohol or drugs, OCD,  or self harm for example, are no longer helping to avoid intense emotional pain.

21st Century ‘hyper-connected’ digital life puts pressure on us as we are expected, through the polarising lens of social media, to bare our souls to all without the time to really think things through. We have never been so connected by the push of a button to so many ‘friends’ yet for many nor have we ever felt so alone. Having lived in West Cornwall for 20 years I recognise that we live in a beautiful but very isolated rural area. The expectation that we must be ‘living the dream’ can become a pressure that makes little sense if your life is not ‘a beach’ and you are blindsided by deep emotional turmoil.

Whatever is going on in your life – whether you are entering a period of transition, want to improve your relationships or are stuck in a rut, psychotherapy seeks to engage you in an enlightening one-to-one conversation marked by curiosity and respect.

You might find this 3 min video from The School of Life about Psychotherapy helpful.


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How Therapy Can Help

At the heart of psychotherapy is the recognition that our complex and often unconscious emotional life is a fundamental part of being human. Sometimes we don’t understand the beliefs and fears that shape our way of looking at and living in the world, as they have become ingrained and automatic. We can find ourselves repeating destructive behaviours, feeling stuck in unhappy relationships and stunting our emotional, creative and professional development.

Psychotherapy can help when life feels unbearably difficult, and it can also make a decent life even better. It can help with many difficulties including relationship problems, addiction, bereavement, loss of meaning or purpose in life, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, stress, anxiety and panic attacks. We will work collaboratively to become more aware of patterns in your life and enact changes to lessen your suffering and increase your enjoyment of life.


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