Counselling simply provides an opportunity for you to explore, in a confidential setting, issues and problems you may be struggling with.
From bereavement to loss of meaning, relationship and sexual dysfunction, from phobias to addiction, counselling can cover the whole spectrum of human difficulties. It can provide the opportunity, to reflect on the choices you have made in the past and to examine the possibility of there being different choices for the future.
What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
According to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, counselling aims to offer a neutral space for the patient or client to talk about problems. The act of talking about these with the counsellor often provides relief for the patient and can help them to look at things in a different way and to make decisions for change. Counselling tends to be supportive rather than challenging.
In psychotherapy and psychoanalysis the therapist will listen carefully to what the client presents, at the same time paying attention to what is being communicated unconsciously, both verbally and in other ways, particularly in the relationship that develops between the client and therapist. The term psychoanalysis is usually used to describe an intensive process in which the patient is seen four and five times a week.
I practice both disciplines and would be happy to explore which is the right option for you.
What benefits can be expected through counselling?
Very often the benefits can be seen quickly. Both facets of counselling can provide an increased self-awareness, so that you are able to view the world through a different lens.
Clients often talk about getting a new perspective on their life and creating more of a comfortable balance between the person they are and the person they always wanted to become.