Psychotherapist & Counsellor, Wellington
Graeme McCartney provides counselling and psychotherapy and is based in Wellington City.
What is Psychotherapy or Counselling about?
Sometimes problems can be external and come from what happens in life, or in contact with other people.
Sometimes problems can be internal and come from within ourselves. How we feel about ourselves, how we see ourselves and what we believe about ourselves.
Often these problems are linked and cause emotional pain and confusion.
Counselling can help to identify alternative options and how to make behavioural changes. This can lead to some resolution and can help us to find our way through life again.
Psychotherapy can help us to discover our way back to ourselves and to re-connect with the vital and authentic parts of ourselves that we can, over a number of years, and in a variety of ways come to deny or suppress. This can often be traced back to our earlier developmental years.
Denying or suppressing parts of ourselves is, I believe, what often contributes to anxiety/depression, addiction, self-esteem problems, shame, and many other issues.
Psychotherapy is a process of coming to understand these reactions not as defects in ourselves, but as creative adjustments that we made at times when, perhaps, we had limited inner resources available to us. Psychotherapy leads to an increase in self awareness. One becomes more aware of the significance of their relationship with the therapist as it develops over time, and can then use this awareness to help them make changes.
Graeme is experienced in working with:
- Grief and loss
- Addictions, Alcohol, Drug and other addictions. Alcohol and Drug Assessments
- Anger management
- Existential issues, who am I? What does my life mean?