Counselling and Psycotherapy

I will work with integrity, appreciating the uniqueness of each person I work with. I will strive to enable them to realise their potential and live the most meaningful life possible.

What is Counselling and Psychotherapy about then?

Sometimes people seek out Counselling and Psychotherapy when they are going through a difficult time in their life. It is not always easy talking to friends or family as we may feel we are burdening them or they may be invested in certain outcomes for us and this can leave us feeling alone with our thoughts and feelings.

Other People are not necessarily distressed but feel discontent with their lives and get stuck in routines and habits that hold them back and they are at a loss at how to move forward.

Sometimes we need someone who is interested in us and our story who can support us to reflect and explore our situation without pressure. Counselling and Psychotherapy does this by offering a safe and confidential space for you to begin the process of finding the capacity in yourself to move you toward a more satisfying life.

I offer a professional service to both couples and individuals over the age of 16 years.

Some areas I have particular experience in are:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression or Sadness
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Disability
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Couples Work
  • Eating problems

What is the Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

There seems to be no commonly agreed definition on the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy. The United Kingdom for Counselling and Psychotherapy ( U.K.C. P.) believes the difference lies in the length and depth of the training involved – Psychotherapy requiring more basic training and supervision hours and a further requirement that trainee therapists subscribe to their own therapy for the duration of their training.

Counselling can be said to be more attuned to briefer interventions targeting specific symptoms or situations and offering ways of dealing with those, such as bereavement, addictions or miscarriage although this is not always the case. Counselling is more often offered in the voluntary sector.

Psychotherapy is often viewed as involving more long-term work, working on the foundations of the self. It looks at beliefs, feelings and patterns of being in the world and works towards gaining more understanding into how we do things so that we can be more choiceful.

Before choosing a Therapist you may wish to check on their experience and that they are affiliated to an organisation with a Code of Practice such as the B.A.C.P. or U.K.C.P. ( See Links.)

When you are choosing a Therapist and first meet with them you will also want to consider if you would be comfortable relating the details of your life with this person before you commit to an on-going therapeutic relationship.

Couples

I work with couples from a perspective that to have a mutually nourishing relationship we have to be able to respect and allow for difference as well as be able to find intimacy and connect with each other in a meaningful way.

Often partnerships come from a place of wanting the other to change – and we think, if only he or she would do more of this and less of that, everything would be fine in the relationship. Sometimes one of the partners accommodates the other to the point that their own needs and sense of who they are is diminished or lost.

Couples will be encouraged to have open and honest dialogues in the sessions and will have the opportunity to explore their unique ways of being in the world, how they deal with difference and how that impacts on their partner and the relationship.

I welcome couples from any sexual orientation.

Would You Like to Talk

If you would like to get in touch, to see how if I can help. Use the informatino on the contact page to contact me.