Home – What is Counselling and Psychotherapy

 

Counselling and Psychotherapy help clients to develop a better understanding of themselves, address life difficulties and make the changes they want in their lives.  This includes gaining relief from distressing emotions, increasing self esteem and confidence as well as improving relationships with others.

Counsellors and Psychotherapists draw on a wide range of therapy interventions and are highly skilled in working across the spectrum of life challenges. They work with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, distress, confusion, crisis, loss, grief and bereavement, transition, lack of confidence, loneliness, abuse and addictions.

Counsellors and Psychotherapists work with respect for their clients, their values, their beliefs, their uniqueness and their right to self-determination. Over time, the non-judgemental and accepting nature of counselling and psychotherapy makes it possible to face many aspects of ourselves that we were previously unaware. Counselling and psychotherapy take people beyond where they can go by themselves.

 

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Although Counselling and Psychotherapy can overlap, there are differences.

Counselling focuses on enhancing people’s capacity to cope with specific life challenges such as anxiety, bereavement, relationship endings, reducing stress and improving well being.  Counselling also assists with problem solving and developing inner resources to help move on with life in meaningful ways.

Psychotherapy focuses to a greater extent on achieving change in the personality by attempting to help the client to positively reorganise negative experiences of themselves or others.  In essence psychotherapy is an attempt to heal the “self”.  Often people notice that the nature of their personal difficulties is repetitive. Similar issues arise time and again in different contexts and relationships. Psychotherapy helps people achieve better self understanding and change long standing patterns of behaviour that may be disrupting relationships, work and study.  A developmental perspective usually informs psychotherapy, but increasingly neurobiological research is substantiating and guiding the practice of psychotherapy.

Effective Counselling and Psychotherapy require the client and the therapist to enter into a mutual understanding of expectations and goals.  These will be discussed with you at your first appointment.

 

‘…..change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not’                                                                                             Paradoxical Theory of Change.  Arnold Biesser.