about counselling and psychotherapy
There is no obvious distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. Both terms describe a process where a qualified practitioner provides a safe, confidential space in which you can talk about your feelings, concerns and circumstances. Psychotherapy is sometimes thought of as a more in-depth form of counselling. The difference, as in my case, often lies in the greater depth of training experienced by a psychotherapist.
Therapy is time set aside by you and the therapist to look at what has brought you to therapy. This might include talking about life events, feelings including depression and low mood, ways of thinking, difficulties in relationships and patterns of behaviour. Some problems stem from early experiences including abuse and memories of abandonment, but current events also have an impact, such as bereavement and loss, stressful work situations, illness or a traumatic event. Or you may not know why you feel as you do but just feel stuck. Counselling can help ……..
What kind of psychotherapy?
How we think, feel and act now is often rooted in the past. Feelings we have now might belong to situations from long ago and not be appropriate to the present. We don’t always recognise this, or even if we do, we can still feel stuck in repeating unhelpful patterns. Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to help you to understand these less conscious processes and to make real, lasting changes in your life.
What happens in psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy offers a safe, confidential space in which a sense of trust can be built, allowing connections to be made between thoughts, feelings, relationships, past experiences and what is happening in the here and now. Whatever is said will be confidential and heard in a non-judgmental way. I will not offer advice or judgement, but will work with you towards understanding whatever is troubling you, and help make sense of your difficulties.