Counselling

At some time or another, we all face difficulties and challenges in our lives. At times these troubles can feel overwhelming, often leaving us feeling helpless and alone. People seek therapy for many different issues such as Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Loss, Bereavement or Addiction issues to name a few. At other times people have issues which are deeply entrenched, that has been "bubbling away" for some time and are now seeking attention. Talking with a therapist can help alleviate stress and help a person learn to cope with their situation in a better way.

WHAT IS COUNSELLING OR PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR?
Counselling and Psychotherapy are “Talking Therapies” which aim to provide a safe environment for a client in distress to talk about their problems. Clients meet with a professional helper who listens and works with the client towards a shared goal of helping the client find a better way forward. Both counselling and psychotherapy aim to provide an opportunity for clients to work through issues in their lives and can be of great support in times of crisis or change. Therapy provides an opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully. Stress, Anxiety, Bereavement, Addiction and Relationship issues are some of the reasons why people engage the services of a counsellor/psychotherapist.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
There is no clearly defined line between counselling and psychotherapy; both practices overlap heavily with both terms being used interchangeably. Both counselling and psychotherapy involve the provision of professional assistance to people who are experiencing personal issues in order to help alleviate those difficulties. In general, counselling tends to deal more with immediate issues that may have arisen more recently e.g. bereavement or relationship breakdown. Psychotherapy tends to deal with deeper, more long-term issues that may be rooted in the past e.g. a trauma or a serious mistreatment where the effects of such are ongoing.


WHO IS IT FOR?
Any person who is open to exploring their issues and is open to change is suited to therapy.


WHAT IS INVOLVED?
If you feel therapy may be for you then please call us to have a no-obligation chat about your situation. Should you then decide to proceed with therapy a first appointment will be arranged. At the end of your first session your therapist will outline a plan that he/she feels best suits your needs. The number of planned sessions varies with each client. In many cases therapy involves only a few sessions (e.g. Where CBT is viewed as an appropriate approach to be used to address the client’s specific issue, 6 to 8 sessions will be planned), whilst other, possibly more entrenched issues, could require longer term work.
If you are happy with the plan your therapist suggests you will be asked to commit to an agreed number of sessions on a regular basis (weekly or possibly each second week – usually on the same day and at the same time, though this can be changed to suit your specific needs). Any questions you may have about therapy or our policies can be answered during your initial meeting with your therapist.