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Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy are both talking therapies. They can be short or long term and can help to bring about effective change or enhance well-being.
The difference between the two is considered to be the length of time you would be in counselling and the depth at which you and your therapist would work. Counselling training & psychotherapy training have some differences too, & this also determines the difference between the two. That said, in practice, there is, in my opinion very little to choose between them & when deciding on which therapist to go with, I would suggest listening to your intuition & opting for someone you feel you can relate to.
What happens in therapy?
A therapy session is time set aside on an agreed date at an agreed place, which provides a safe, private space where you and I will be undisturbed and will not be overheard.
You & I will reach an agreement about confidentiality. Therapy is available for individuals, couples and groups, and I tailor the therapy to suit your needs.
Therapy is time set aside to explore what has brought you here. This might include talking about life events, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. I will do my best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping.
The number of sessions offered is usually open ended & not limited, but if you would prefer to have a limited number of sessions we can discuss this in the first session.
Before you come along for your first session, it may be useful to think about any questions you would like to ask me. Sometimes people find it useful to write them down.