P s y c h o t h e r a p y & C o u n s e l l i n g
What is psychotherapy and counselling, and what is the difference?
Psychotherapy and Counselling are both talking therapies.
Counselling refers to short-term therapy, focusing on behaviour patterns.
Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for the long-term goal of analysing and understanding emotional issues and difficulties from childhood to the present day.
It works by uncovering coping strategies and defence mechanisms we use in our daily lives. Using this knowledge will assist you in learning new and healthy skills, which will help to combat the difficulties you face. Knowledge really is power.
There are many reason you might consider therapy, to name a few;
You may be feeling unheard or misunderstood
Depressed*, anxious or lonely
Dealing with loss or bereavement with no-one to talk to
Intense pressures at work
Feeling stuck in a situation, job or relationship
Wanting to speak without judgement or to be told what to do
You may be feeling disappointed with life, finding it impossible to find balance, direction or meaning, whether this is due to life and it's events or an illness or setback
You might be dealing with trauma or find the world frightening or dangerous
Maybe you have reoccurring or confusing dreams which you want to understand on a deeper level
Some also come to therapy for;
Wanting support with addiction*.
Compulsive behaviours* or obsessive thoughts and fantasies.
Topics of a sexual nature.
A troubling physical symptom which may have a psychological cause.
Physical or sexual abuse
Identity questioning, which may include questions around gender, sexuality or cultural
Therapy will offer you a safe and confidential place to open up at your own pace, being received with open ears so you can truly feel heard.
Whatever your reason, no matter how unique, we are here for you.
You and your therapist will approach therapy together as a partnership.
Client-Therapist relationships are always unique, and it is important that you feel comfortable and open with your therapist.
It is essential for your success in your sessions to be as open and honest as you can be, so that you can get the most out of your experience and self-exploration.
Personal development outside of our sessions may be necessary, this may apply to such things as addiction or anxiety, to reinforce your emotional change and wellbeing.
Therapy can help some clients quickly, others can take some time to adjust, every client is different. There are no quick fixes so healing may take time.
Hypnotherapy can be used in psychotherapy and counselling sessions, if required.
See Hypnotherapy for more details.
*If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.