Counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably. However, counselling is usually shorter term and people may come because of situational or daily stresses rather than persistent, deep rooted issues that require more long term treatment which psychotherapy would support.
Life can be challenging especially when we are dealing with difficult or overwhelming feelings. It is often hard to understand the root of one's own pain and perhaps talking to friends and family is too difficult or does not seem to bring about the change and acceptance you seek.
Everyone can benefit from the space and time to think, talk and express themselves freely. Therapy is an opportunity to look at your challenges and feelings in a different and productive way with a trained therapist who will respect you and your opinions.
It can be an emotional journey and in the first few sessions you may feel particularly anxious. Together we will be able to talk through any thoughts and feelings that you may want to explore no matter how difficult or challenging you feel they may be.
The first step and how it works
If you feel counselling is a good option for you, please contact me via email or telephone and we can talk through any questions you may have and set up an initial consultation.
In this first session we will talk through what you are hoping to explore and achieve from counselling and whether it feels like the right step for you. It may be that you are looking for short term counselling (8-12 sessions) or long term, ongoing support. Sessions last for 50 minutes and usually take place weekly on a specific time and day.
You are under no obligation to continue with counselling after the consultation.
Is it for me?
Is it for me?
Often, it is difficult to change the feelings and situations we find ourselves in by ourselves. Having a place to speak openly and without judgement will not only improve your emotional wellbeing and help you feel more in control of your life, but with the right counsellor it may also lead to positive andlasting psychological change.
Counselling can help individuals experiencing all sorts of emotional difficulties. The act of talking, being listened too and having someone alongside you for support can offer huge relief and benefits.
Below are just some of the reasons people may seek counselling:
- Seeking change & personal development
- Feeling anxious, sad or worried about specific situations or life in general
- During times of loss, loneliness or bereavement of a loved one
- Feelings of anger, stress or frustration
- Questioning your identity, purpose, sexuality and relationships
- Difficulties in your relationships - at home or at work
- Struggling to move past experiences, relationships and situations that may be traumatic, distressing or a mixture of unmanageable emotions
- Specific issues you are trying to overcome such as eating disorders and addiction
This is just a small list of reasons why people may seek counselling. If you are unsure about whether counselling is right for you, please get in contact and we can talk about what the best option might be for you.