What are counselling and psychotherapy?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) does not make a distinction between these two terms as they both fall under the umbrella that covers a range of talking therapies. However, the term counselling is often used to describe short-term work and focuses on one particular issue that the individual wants to address. This helps the client to get a taste of ‘talking therapy’ and decide whether it is something that can be of help in that point in their life. On the other hand psychotherapy is often used to describe open-ended work which allows the individual to have an in-depth exploration of different issues, including past, present relationships and traumas. The therapeutic process can be hard and requires commitment, and so it is important that the individual is comfortable working with the chosen counsellor or psychotherapist.
In addition, given the current popularity of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), it is important to mention that new research shows that counselling is as effective as CBT in treating depression.
How can I help?
Whether or not you have experienced counselling or psychotherapy before, the process of finding a therapist might feel daunting and make you wonder whether the therapist will understand your issues and be able to work with you without passing judgement. I offer a lower fee for the first consultation because I understand that in order to find the right person for you it is sometimes necessary to try different therapists. It is essential that you work with the one you feel comfortable with and who enables you to open up in order to achieve your therapy goals.
I offer one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy, and I provide a space for you to open up and explore difficult issues in a safe and non-judgemental environment, whatever the issues presented. Depending on the individual situation, you will then be enabled to review your patterns of behaviour and relationships and take action towards change. The general aim is to help you find healthier and more satisfying ways of living your life. In addition, you might have specific aims that I can help you achieve.
During the first consultation we will start exploring your reasons for seeking counselling and psychotherapy at this point in your life. I will also ask you some questions to get to know you and to understand what you would like to gain from therapy. I normally offer weekly sessions at a time that suits both of us.
During our Psychotherapy and Counselling sessions I am able to help with: