Psychotherapy is primarily a talking therapy which aims to help you toward a better understanding of yourself and find a healthier way to be. My approach to therapy is called psychodynamic. This understands how we are effected from the beginnings of life, right through to the present day.
Our therapy sessions
I find open-ended work to be most effective and satisfying. We usually meet for weekly sessions on a regular day and time.
I offer day and evening sessions. Initially I suggest we meet for an exploratory session, to give us both the chance to find out whether we feel we can work well together. As well as exploring what has brought you to therapy, we will discuss confidentiality, privacy of information, cancellations, holidays, reviews of the work and fee arrangements.
If you decide to work with me, we will discuss and sign a written contract together, including privacy and data protection aspects, then review our work regularly thereafter.
Counselling & Psychotherapy… whats the difference ?
Counselling is generally the name for short-term work, often used to address a specific problem. Psychotherapy is commonly the name for longer-term work. There is cross over in both which may involve looking at your current situation and looking back over your life to find clarity and resolution.
People often find counselling very useful and decide to continue for longer.
Therapy does not always need to be about problems… It can also offer you an opportunity to explore and understand yourself better.
Further information including who is counselling & psychotherapy for and when you might find therapy useful.
Overwhelmed by your problems?
There are many valid reasons to have counselling. Emotional difficulties can be hard to cope with, and you may benefit from help. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other emotional difficulties such as coping with a serious illness or struggling with relationship troubles, job loss, the death of a loved one, stress, substance abuse, or other issues.
These are all sound reasons to seek help.
What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?
The main difference is the time spent in therapy. There are some crossovers. However, both are about talking, being listened to and collaboratively working things out. I will help you explore your own story. Doing so can help you to work through problems and can help people of all ages to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
I provide a supportive, non-judgmental environment that allows you to talk openly. Both are collaborative treatments based on the relationship between an individual and the therapist.
When to consider Counselling or Psychotherapy?
You may seek therapy because you have felt unhappy, depressed, anxious, or angry for a long time and its interfering with your emotional or physical well-being. It could be that you have short-term problems you need help navigating, or you may be going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job, or grieving the loss of a family member. These are all appropriate times to contact me.