COUNSELLING OR PSYCHOTHERAPY
What’s the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy ?
These terms are often used interchangeably. Counselling tends to be a relatively short term process which is suitable when your main focus is the resolution of a particular difficulty or situation affecting you in the present for example - bereavement, coping with a significant life change life e.g. redundancy or the end of a relationship, a bullying situation or work problem. Psychotherapy is a longer process which aims to help you to understand the deeper roots of your difficulties.
The process of working through your difficulties with an experienced therapist generates insight and understanding, enabling you to better understand the source of your distress. It is expected that you will bring your personal thoughts, experiences and history to the session. My role is to process and think with you about these experiences and feelings in a way that becomes more digestible for you. Given time, therapy will free the emotional pain attached to these events leading to deep and long lasting change.
My theoretical approach is informed by both Psychodynamic and Attachment based theories.
CHOOSING A THERAPIST
Although the therapy relationship is not a friendship, you will still get the best results if you are able to trust and feel comfortable with your therapist. This may happen immediately or it may take some time to develop. Just like with any relationship, you and your therapist may not "click". If not, you owe it to yourself to seek another therapist. A good therapist will understand this and will help you find a good match for your needs.