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What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Often described as a ‘talking therapy’, counselling and psychotherapy are a safe, confidential space that allows someone to talk about their problems and feelings. It is a place to clarify thoughts and feelings, a place to explore and view things from a different perspective, it can help find solutions and enrich your life.
What’s the difference?
Counselling and psychotherapy can be thoughts of as two therapies that overlap in a number of ways. The main difference is in the recommended time required to see benefits. Counselling is usually thought of as short term that centres around a specific issue and encourages you to take positive steps to resolve these issues. Whereas psychotherapy is longer term which helps you with issues that have built up over time, it identifies emotional issues and looks at the background to these issues. It can help you understand your thoughts, feelings and actions more clearly.
How it can help
How counselling can help is different for everyone. For some being in an environment where they can talk without being judged and without fear of other people finding out can be important. For others being listened to without being given advice or told what to do helps them find their own voice. Being in a therapeutic relationship can be for some people the first time they will have encountered somewhere there is respect and acceptance. Counselling and therapy allow you the freedom to explore your thoughts in a non-judgmental space.
Therapists will not provide you with the answers, instead they can support you in developing the insight and understanding of your issue to develop the tools to resolve issues yourself.
The first session, which is £25, can start to help overcome any issue you may have. Counselling is often thought of as a journey, and this takes time and commitment to work well. Regular weekly sessions help make the most of the process. Counselling can also help you understand yourself and points of view of other people better, this can shed light onto the way you react to words or situations.
What things can therapy can help with?
Areas I have worked with previous clients include: depression - anxiety and fear - panic attacks - eating disorders - addiction and family members of addicts - domestic violence - abuse - parenting issues - difficulties in childhood - bereavement, loss and grief - shock and trauma - relationship problems, - sexual issues - and more.
Sometimes being a client can feel tough, and it requires a certain commitment to keep working through. But there comes a point where you recognise those repeated patterns and challenges clearer and it feels less possible to go back to the time before you began seeing a counsellor or therapist. There is much to gain from the sense of increased awareness of the problem and situations that caused you pain or tripped you before as they become to navigate. It’s a process that deepens with time allowing you to become more confident in being you.
Many people come to counselling and psychotherapy in crisis and there has been ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ and they feel it’s time to get some support. Others come wanting to develop an understanding of themselves. It is often a big step for someone to ask for support, many feel nervous in their first session as they don’t know what to expect. The intention of counselling and psychotherapy is not to change ourselves but how we relate to the world, our experiences and people.
In the first session I will be happy to help with any initial questions or concerns you have about the process.