What is Psychotherapy? 


Short-term therapy and counselling may be more about problem solving, goal achievement or intellectual understanding. Psychotherapy, however, strives to gain insight, the great gift of psychotherapy.

The term psychotherapy comes from ancient Greek and means “Healing of the Soul”.

Psychotherapy is the process that aims to accomplish increased awareness. The less aware we are of our motives, feelings, thoughts, actions, perceptions, the more they control us and the more we stay stuck in old patterns that don’t work anymore. Relief from symptoms lies in discovering and incorporating into our constant, every-day consciousness that which is being masked, distracted from, or indirectly ‘acted out’ in symptoms.

Psychotherapy works by expanding awareness and increases contentment, power, freedom and happiness. This process is also called self-actualization.

Psychotherapy is based on the belief that the unconsciousness is the key to understanding - just as problems are established somewhere outside your awareness, so too must the cure reach into this area. Besides, the issues are often created within an early relationship, so too the healing happens within a safe, empathic and therapeutic relationship.


Psychotherapy is professional and confidential, and sessions are usually once or twice a week and are 50 minutes long.

As a psychotherapist I aim to facilitate –

  • Increased self-awareness, insights and self-understanding
  • Being mindful, consciously being in the present moment
  • Acknowledge the power of the unconscious to expand intuition and conscious awareness

Connect to the past to the degree it shapes the current experience

  • Understand and change old patterns and wounds
  • Release and heal emotional pain and fears
  • Prevail over struggles and difficulties
  • Increase mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being
  • Construct ways to resolve personal conflicts
  • Improve communication and relationships
  • Increase awareness of choices
  • Enrich your personal life through personal change and growth
  • Enhance energy and self-confidence


Anita Wacker

HeartLinks, Registered Psychotherapist


Psychotherapy fees are from $100 to $150 negotiable and depending on income.