Counselling A Brief Explanation
In general, Counselling addresses more immediate concerns in a shorter-term contract, whilst Psychotherapy is a more open-ended contract.
Counselling usually takes place for a pre-set period of time and is usually focused upon a particular dilemma.
Counselling usually takes place weekly unless we agree otherwise.
Both Psychotherapy and Counselling are about creating a regular, safe, and confidential space to explore issues.
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More About Psychotherapy
'Psychotherapy must remain the obstinate attempt of two people to recover the wholeness of being human through the relationship between them'
(R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience 1967)
We all have an innate capacity for and impulse towards emotional health. Psychotherapy is about identifying and removing the blocks to achieving your potential.
Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to speak confidentially and openly to someone who is trained to listen in a particular way and who can give you support and help you gain clarity and insight into your situation and feelings.
The process of psychotherapy helps you make links between your past and present experiences. It offers a means to better understand and address your current difficulties. As a child, parenting and contact with other significant adults formed your core beliefs about you as a perseon. Beliefs which are often unconsciously carried into adulthood.
The aim of psychotherapy is to help you gain insight into your life and awareness of your historical patterns, and ways of relating to yourself and others. In understanding where you have come from as a child, we can find ways to support you as an adult in finding resourceful solutions and addressing new ways of being and thinking.
The process of psychotherapy enables you to understand your personal history and move on from negative patterns which are leading to emotional (dis)stress.
The psychotherapist will work with you to explore with curiosity, and without judgement, the here and nowof the therapeutic relationship, as it manifests between you and the therapist, as a means of understanding the there and then of your past, and how it impacts on your present ways of relating and being in the world. Thus enabling you to find more secure and resourceful ways and means of being in the world, relating to yourself and relating to others.
Using An Integrative Approach
An Integrative approach to Counselling or Psychotherapy usually brings together a number of theoretical orientations. The title Integrative refers both to the therapist’s state of training and understanding.
My Integrative approach draws upon training and experience in more than one theoretical orientation (this includes an integration of Gestalt, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Transactional Analysis, Psychosynthesis and Jungian theories and approaches).
Duration Of The Work
Some people have specific issues on which they want to work, and a short-term contract is appropriate.
Others have more general areas of concern which can more appropriately be worked with on a longer time scale.
The length of contract is discussed at the start of working together. It can be added to and reviewed during the work.
We will agree what is right for you.