Psychotherapy and Counselling
Perhaps you have a specific problem or issue that wants attention, or a more general sense of unease or dissatisfaction with your life? You may feel in distress, overwhelmed by feelings, or as if life isn’t working. Problems may be showing up in your personal relationships; at home or at work; in changes of mood or outbursts of anger. You may also be experiencing physical symptoms such as: tiredness; disturbed sleep; eating problems; increasing your use of drugs or alcohol to cope. Therapy or counselling offers you a safe, confidential space where you will be listened to carefully and without judgment. From there it is possible to clarify what the problem or unease is, how it came to be, and to move forward. It is a chance to explore, think about and understand life, so that you can live it well.
Therapy can help you to:
- understand and change addictive or compulsive behaviour
- move away from depression, anxiety and panic
- deal with overwhelming feelings
- find clarity about sexuality or identity issues
- live with pain or chronic illness
- feel more at home in your body
- express your thoughts & feelings constructively
- make decisions wisely and confidently
- find ways to reach longed-for goals
- transform stuck areas in your life
- accept and acknowledge every part of you
- experience joy and ease in your living
- create fulfilling and rewarding personal relationships
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy are both talking therapies that offer people a chance to change how they feel and to live better. A counsellor or therapist isn’t there to give you advice, but will listen to you carefully and engage you in a conversation that can help to clarify aspects of your life that may be causing you distress or confusion.
Counselling and psychotherapy generally differ in the length of time they may take and in their intensity. Psychotherapists have usually undertaken a longer and more thorough training, equipping them to work with more deep-seated issues. Counselling is often seen as more appropriate for people who have a particular issue or difficulty they wish to deal with, or who are reacting to a particular event such as a divorce or bereavement. Someone with longer-term difficulties may be better suited to psychotherapy. Counselling and psychotherapy are both usually conducted on a weekly basis.
What can I expect?
You may be anxious about what therapy entails or what you need to do in the sessions. This is entirely natural; after all, we don’t usually discuss our innermost thoughts and feelings with a stranger. At its most fundamental, a therapy session is an intimate conversation or dialogue in a safe, private, confidential space, with someone who is trained to listen and reflect on what you say without judgment or expectation.
The first session will be an opportunity to explore with the therapist the possibility of working together. You will be able to ask any questions you may have, and talk about your hopes and expectations of the therapy process. Some time will be reserved to discuss practicalities such as fees and session times. If, after the assessment session, you feel that therapy or counselling isn’t for you, you will be assisted with referral options or to find alternative sources of help or support.
All counselling and psychotherapy sessions are completely confidential. This means that the therapist does not discuss her work with anyone else, nor will she reveal your personal details or that you are having therapy. However, if the therapist has serious concerns about a client’s safety or the safety of a third party, it may be necessary to inform the client’s GP, psychiatrist (if applicable) or someone else. These situations are extremely rare, and the therapist will always endeavour to inform the client beforehand of any action they intends to take.
See our pricing information page for further details on fees.