Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? This question will be answered differently depending on who is answering the question. In my particular approach to counselling there is no difference between these two terms. In general some people think that the psychotherapist is able to work at a deeper and more complex level than the counsellor. However, the person-centred approach is designed to work best when depth and breath of understanding and connection is achieved regardless whether the practitioner calls themself a counsellor or a psychotherapist.

Why do people come to counselling?

There are countless reasons why someone might be experiencing difficulties in their life: alcohol, depression, anxiety, drugs, abuse, lack of confidence, sleeplessness, image problems, eating problems, relationships, bereavement, emotional distress, traumatic flash backs…or a combination, the list is endless.

Whether you seek counselling because you are experiencing some kind of overwhelming distress or you seek a better life experience (often these reasons overlap) my expertise is concerned with enabling you to overcome and transform your distress, whatever the cause maybe.  Successful therapy will enhance your personal satisfaction with life in general, regardless of why you came.

What kind of counselling?

During the many years that I have been practising I have studied and learnt from a range of humanistic and relational models of therapy, the counselling approach that I am comprehensively trained in and value the most is the person-centred approach.

How does it work?

Experience has taught me that self-realisation is a much more powerful change agent than symptom management. As a person moves to a more accepting and valuing self-relationship, harmful attitudes that tend to perpetuate harmful behaviour or thinking are replaced by healthier ones. My aim is to facilitate a therapeutic relationship which embodies profound connection with the person coming to counselling so that each of us can be fully real with the other and are able to understand and value the other at a high level.

The benefits of a good counselling experience comes about from a co-created endeavour, between client and therapist. The ability of the therapist, the quality of the relationship and the motivation of the person coming for therapy are strong indicators for a beneficial therapeutic outcome.

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