Why Counselling or Psychotherapy?
If we are not comfortable opening up to family or friends about what’s troubling us, talking with a psychotherapist in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental setting might offer a sound alternative. Being able to offload about the painful realities of current events, including loss, bereavement and difficulties in relationships, or the enduring impact on our lives as adults from historic experiences such as in childhood, can present a different approach to thinking about our particular situation thereby opening up alternative ways of responding. It can also be an opportunity to mourn for what’s been lost and, ultimately, to rediscover regard, respect and love for oneself which, together, can secure lasting change and healing.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on a range of variables and circumstances. This is an important consideration that will be discussed at the initial session.
Short-term psychotherapy of 6-12 sessions can be very effective to deal with issues that have surfaced recently in your life – at work or in a relationship, for instance – and may need only a short course of therapy for you to gain insight and to resolve.
Longer-term or open-ended psychotherapy is likely to be more appropriate if, for instance, the difficulties you are presenting have been around for a period of time, or you’ve noticed a pattern of disruptive behaviour that comes and goes, or you’ve experienced a traumatic episode at some stage in the past. Exploring the issue(s) in greater depth allows us the time to find solutions and for you to gain a deeper sense of understanding, response and resolution.
During therapy, we will periodically review how the work is going and what might need to be addressed. This includes working towards a planned ending.
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