COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY:
These are often described as ‘talking therapies’. The primary difference between them, is when compared with other forms of care, assistance or intervention, is the way in which the therapist uses their skills, training and experience to help you discover the underlying cause of your current difficulty. In doing this, therapy can help offer relief for more immediate problems, or resolution to long standing or reoccurring issues.
As a therapist providing both counselling and psychotherapy, I strive to understand things from your unique point of view. My role is to work in a co-operative and supportive relationship with you, helping you to move forward in life in the way that is best for you.
ISSUES THAT ARE OFTEN BROUGHT TO COUNSELLING OR PSYCHOTHERAPY:
Anxiety and panic attacks Abuse: emotional, physical and sexual, Bereavement: loss and grief , Bullying, Career development and problems at work, Chronic conditions — e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, Compulsive behaviours, Depression, Disability issues and support, Low self-esteem and low self-confidence, ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue symptom) MS (multiple sclerosis) , PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), Redundancy Relationship issues , Separation and divorce, Substance abuse, Stress, Trust issues.
Choosing Counselling or Psychotherapy: The words “Counselling” and “Psychotherapy” are often used interchangeably, however, in my view, they are distinctly different forms of therapy.
Tends to refer to shorter-term, or a relatively brief course of treatment. It focuses, primarily, upon a particular behaviour or feeling. Counselling often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation, offering suggestions and advice for dealing with these more specific issues. When an important decision needs to be made in one’s personal or professional life, or a specific crisis has occurred, such as a bereavement, shorter term counselling can help to provide a framework in which an overwhelming situation or feeling can be managed constructively.
Tends to refer to longer-term treatment. We work at a deeper level, exploring your past while simultaneously looking at your life as it is today. We work to access root causes of difficulty, striving to resolve long-standing issues or patterns so they will no longer impact on your quality of life. Psychotherapy focuses on your individual thought processes and your way of seeing the world in relationship to your place in it.
COUNSELLING, PSYCHOTHERAPY – APPROACH AND MODALITY:
There are many differing styles and theoretical approaches within Counselling and Psychotherapy. Therapists train in a particular style of working (modality) which generally guides the course of treatment, although it is important for the therapist to think flexibly and creatively to ensure they can meet each client’s individual needs. Once qualified, current guidelines for best practice strongly recommend registration with the appropriate regulatory body based on modality training. I work in the psychodynamic modality and I am registered with the “British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy” (BACP). Regardless of a practitioner modality, the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is always of primary importance.