With Dilwara Tucker

Psychotherapy can be used in a number of ways.  Generally it is a type of therapy used to help psychological issues and  emotional problems.

Psychotherapy can also be a useful way of exploring relationship, considering with a trained professional our personal feelings and interactions.

Generally psychotherapy involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a family group or with your partner. It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries, these can include a wide range of psychological or mental health issues.  Psychotherapy can help you to discuss feelings that you have about yourself and other people, particularly family and those close to you.

What is a psychotherapist?

A psychotherapist has undergone specific training usually over a number of years and is trained to listen carefully and sympathetically in order to find out what is causing  difficulty and help find a solution. As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, a psychotherapist can suggest strategies for resolving problems and, if you wish, help you to change your attitudes and behaviour.

Some therapists teach specific skills to help you tolerate painful emotions, manage relationships more effectively or improve behaviour.

Most psycho dynamic approaches are centred around the concept that difficulties experienced are, at least in part, unconscious.  Mainly (but not always) the difficulties experienced today are linked to early life experiences, and/or traumatic experiences, we learn patterns of communication and behaviour as a response, often a defence, to how we were treated as children, or how we experienced trauma. We find that these influences were so strong that we continue to act in the same way, this is often unconscious.

Psycho dynamic therapies focus on revealing and resolving the unconscious conflicts that are creating symptoms. The psycho dynamic therapist can work with you to consider the discomfort you experience, this  helps the client acknowledge the existence of unconscious thoughts and unacknowledged feelings.  Work continues with the client to develop strategies for change. Major techniques used by psycho dynamic therapists include free association, recognising resistance and transference, working through painful memories and difficult issues, catharsis, and building a strong therapeutic alliance.

Family Therapy – or to give it its full title, Family and Systemic Psychotherapy – is a psycho dynamic approach.

It enables individuals, family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.

Research shows Family Therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a very wide range of difficulties and experiences.

Family Therapy aims to :

  • Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery
  • Recognise and build on peoples’ strengths and relational resources
  • Work in partnership ‘with’ individuals, families and others, not ‘on’ them
  • Inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family and/or other key relationships (systems) in people’s lives
  • Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
For individuals £45  per hourly session.

For couples and family groups £50 per hourly session.

Discounts possible for block booked sessions in advance.

Concessions are available.

You can call Dilwara on: 07890248857 or e-mail:

You may also contact Narberth Natural Heath Centre on 01834869472.

Dilwara Tucker is a registered member of the Association of Family Therapists  (AFT):

A registered member on the counselling directory:

And a member of UKCP