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What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

 

Who is it for?

 

Counselling and Psychotherapy is for anyone who feels they have had enough of dealing with their problems alone. It is not always possible to talk to family and friends. Sometimes they are too close, too busy, they may worry and talking with them does not give you the confidentiality you may need.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can help with a wide range of issues including:-

 

  • Depression, anxiety and other mood difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Issues of confidence or self esteem
  • Identity
  • Bereavement
  • Issues arround personal development and self change
  • Trauma
  • Sexual, physical and psychological abuse
  • Feeling isolated and alone
  • Mid life crisis
  • Loss

 

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy

 

Counselling is usually shorter term and may be 6 - 20 sessions and it tends to focus on a more immediate life issue for example, a particular relationship difficulty. I would seek to help you talk about your situation, and to clarify your feelings. Often the chance to talk to someone who is independent of your social circle and who can offer a different perspective, is helpful in determining the best way forward.

 

Psychotherapy is usually longer term and can be several months to several years. Most often a particular experience prompts the first contact: for example a bereavement, a redundancy, abuse, intense anxiety, stress, panic attacks, anger or disappointment.

 

Yet people also come when they are not sure what has gone wrong,and may not have the words to describe the trouble they are in. It is as if they have lost all confidence and their self esteem has ebbed away.

 

A psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist is trained to look beyond the presenting issue to a possible underlying cause. We cannot change the past, but pain can be made easier to bear with a process of listening and understanding ourselves.