Both counselling and psychotherapy take place in a private and confidential setting, and involve a collaborative process between the person seeking help and myself. This process is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop greater self-awareness, and a deeper understanding of their relationships with others.
I aim to attend closely to whatever you bring to your sessions, in order that we may explore and try to understand the less conscious aspects of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, which may be contributing to the suffering and distress you are experiencing.
At times, I may explore how some of the emotional difficulties you bring to therapy may be experienced in your relationship with me. This enables us to attend to areas of emotional conflict first-hand, and to work on them in an immediate way.
Gaining insight into the nature of underlying emotional conflicts can bring relief, and also opens up the possibility of changing unhelpful patterns which were previously repeated without awareness.
Whether it is an individual or a couple seeking help, I would emphasise that making a commitment to the therapeutic process in terms of time and openness to work on entrenched difficulties is extremely important, if such conflicts are to be worked through and change is to take place.
I respect and value diversity, and aim to adopt an unbiased and accepting approach when engaging with areas of difference such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, age, culture and nationality.
What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
People from all walks of life seek therapy for many different issues. Sometimes there is a very specific reason, but in other cases the immediate cause of distress is less apparent.
Counselling tends to focus on a recent onset problem, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, or some other life event. It is usually of short to medium term duration, and the sessions are once a week.
Psychotherapy is designed to work with more complex and deep-rooted difficulties, which may have built up over a long period of time, often from childhood. These difficulties may present themselves in a less-focussed way; for example, a generalised feeling of anxiety or sadness. Chronic and difficult problems, because of their complexity and long-standing nature, generally require greater time to disentangle and work through.
It is for this reason that in psychotherapy, people usually attend sessions two, three or four times a week, over a longer period of time. Meeting more frequently than once-weekly greatly helps continuity of care, and allows for a more in-depth exploration of the emotional problems.
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It is not uncommon to feel hesitant or unsure about seeking help. In our preliminary session(s) there is an opportunity for us to meet each other and explore whether therapy might be helpful to you. There is no commitment to ongoing work at this stage.
If however, you decide you would like to continue, we would agree regular days and times to meet on an ongoing basis. The establishment of regular sessions is important in order to facilitate, and give momentum to, the therapeutic process. Most people find that regular contact provides a sense of security and continuity whilst they are working on their emotional difficulties.
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