Therapy as Tapestry

Clients come to the clinic with complicated psychological problems. This is particularly so when their use of drugs and/or alcohol impacts on other problems such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. It takes sensitive and skillful questioning to try to deternmine how their difficulties interact with each other, to find out which came first, to find possible causal links and thereby to develop a collaborative strategy to help the client make the necessary changes in their thinking and behaviour.

Psychological therapy can thus be seen as a form of tapestry – tracing how the individual threads combine to create a picture of distress, identifying the point at which it needs to be unpicked so the whole does not unravel, and knowing how to incorporate a new motif that will create harmony and longevity.