Psychotherapy is usually longer, deeper work which enables the client to explore and understand the root causes of their emotional and behavioural difficulties or general areas of unease in life.
You can come with a specific issue you would like to start with or you can have just a desire to work towards a better experience of your life.
Chronic or complex issues could be particularly unravelled in psychotherapy, often by exploring how early life experiences shape later life. This could be liberating work for many people struggling alone with reoccurring difficulties. Psychotherapy aims to bring about a positive lasting and fundamental change to areas where you feel stuck.
The relationship between the client and the therapist is key for psychotherapy. It serves as a tool to reflect and understand your relational patterns outside the therapy room. Frequently it is in relationships where the clients want to see positive changes the most and the therapeutic relationship will help to address this area.
Counselling is short-term, focused work for people who have one or two areas of concern that they would like to work through.
At the start we agree realistic goals of your counselling and work towards them. During your counselling sessions you will have the chance to discuss any feelings and emotions that you are currently experiencing around this issue. I will listen carefully and try to understand things from your perspective to help you explore different options and possibilities and to encourage you to identify opportunities for the desired change. We will review regularly to see if the counselling is addressing your goals effectively.
If at the end of the agreed counselling time you feel like you would like to continue and explore deeper issues, you can discuss this me. It is quite common for the aims of therapy to change as we work together.
"The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give a voice to it, to find a form in which it can be expressed and transformed. Expression is itself transformation; this is the message that art brings."
- Stephen K Levine