Depressed? Suffering anxiety? Living a life of addictive behaviour … spending money, self-harming, overindulging in food, sex, gambling, alcohol, drugs or other self-destructive thoughts, feelings or behaviours?
If you are exploring or considering some form of intervention, this website could be a great place to begin your expedition. The pages within this site look at psychotherapy in detail – as a means towards improved emotional and mental health
There are many options in the journey towards improved thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
The hope is that you will find within this site a frank and understandable insight into the world of psychotherapy through the eyes of a working psychotherapist.
Follow me as I traverse the murky and often controversial territory of outlining the differences between the many professions working in this field. These include but are not restricted to counselling, coaching, psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy.
Perhaps a good description of psychotherapy is that it is the attainment of our real Self.
As a result of a journey within the framework of ‘psychotherapy proper’, we become a Self – not simply thinking, feeling and behaving from archaic information gleaned and absorbed in our early childhood.
While most descriptions of the Self refer to the conscious state of our being, in the context of psychotherapy we refer to the Self as a person who no longer operates from a ‘conscious’ state without knowing aspects of how their ‘unconscious’ feeds their every thought, feeling and behaviour.
Psychotherapy enables us to discover the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that we have unconsciously absorbed from our families as we grow from infancy to adolescence and often beyond.
This process begins at a very early stage, when we are, in fact, on autopilot.
The role of psychotherapy is to dissect the thoughts, feelings and behaviours, learned from that ‘autopilot’ time that
Locating the ones that are not useful to daily life is often difficult for us to discern on our own.
The ultimate aim is to live a life without the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that do not serve us well.
Perhaps there is a hero hovering at the wings of many people. This might be in the form of a friend, a family member, a partner, a celebrity, a cartoon, an inspiration … or even a dog. Saydee is my canine co-worker and my hero. She has given me many lessons but she is...read more
I often struggle to explain the true and real machinations of psychotherapy. Not because I don’t want to but because I have come to understand that at the end of the day it’s a lived experience.Oh yes, I can say it’s this and it’s that. I can explain we will look...read more
Recently I received an invitation to attend a professional development seminar from one of my affiliated associations. I read the abstract once, twice then a third time. I was confused. It left me wondering, once more, how confused the general public must be about...read more
The problems surrounding deficient mental health are now widespread and worsening.
We are seeing ever-increasing violence, drug and alcohol use, family breakdown, unemployment, depression, prevalent addictions and, sadly, people killing themselves – behaviours that are now of pandemic proportion.
At the same time, we are seeing an impoverishment of the mental health system that is leading to its failure to adequately address the problems it sets out to solve, in many cases making them worse.
In Delving Deeper: Understanding diverse approaches while exploring psychotherapy, Jo Frasca brings you a frank and understandable insight into the world of psychotherapy, through the eyes of thinking, working, reflective practitioner.
What the readers think about Delving Deeper
Unlike many academic and medical texts, Delving Deeper was eminently readable, thanks in part to the enlightened inclusion of real (anonymous) client stories and Jo’s engaging tone.
This book is a wonderful read. It’s a great insight into psychotherapy and it is so easy to become engaged through Jo’s depiction of client stories throughout the book. It is also enlightening how the clients find the right path for themselves in psychotherapy. An added bonus was that I loved reading how Saydee has such a beautiful presence in the room with the client and is so lovedRosemary D’Urso
Delving Deeper is an important offering to those interested in embarking on, or learning about, the journey of psychotherapy, in that it lays out, with lucidity, insight and honesty, what psychotherapy is and what it isn’t, what a prospective client can hope to achieve from the process and what she or he can expect from a number of different treatment modalities.
In so-doing, Jo Frasca clears up misconceptions, misunderstandings and myths about mental health treatment. But the book is much more than this; it a courageous, generous, personal and deeply engaging account of her work by a skilled and thoughtful psychotherapist, who is also a wonderful story-teller, through which we learn so much about what it means to be both clinician and client.Jo Silbert