What I Offer
I offer regular one to one psychotherapy and counselling, in a confidential space. The structure can be tailored to suit your needs, short or long term.
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING
Psychotherapy and counselling are useful when you find yourself at a place in your life where you feel overloaded or overwhelmed, confused or depressed, lonely or disconnected. Or you might feel fine but you want to better understand yourself and your patterns or relationships. Therapy provides a space for you to reflect and explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences, supported and directed by your therapist. He or she can help you by creating a safe, confident space in which you can practice being yourself more fully, with less fear of judgement or criticism. Of course this sort of trust develops over time and cannot be forced. If you don’t click with your therapist, explore it with them. Ideally they will be open to exploring what happens between you honestly, non-defensively. Sometimes you just don’t click with someone and at those times it might be best to move on and find someone you feel you can connect with. Empirical research has found that therapy’s effectiveness depends more on the strength of the relationship between the client and the counsellor or therapist, than the type of therapy they practice or their level of experience. So, my biggest tip for having a successful therapy experience is: find someone you feel good talking to! Trust your gut.
PSYCHOTHERAPY Or COUNSELLING
Is there any difference between counselling and psychotherapy? There is much debate on this question in the professional world and there are disagreements as to whether they are different or essentially the same thing. Those who suggest they differ usually argue that psychotherapy involves a more in depth process of working on ourselves, gaining insights into our patterns, understanding how our past impacts us in the present. They suggest counselling is usually shorter term and focused on a particular issue or problem, such as a bereavement, or a difficult relationship. Either way, I believe that counselling and psychotherapy overlap. If you choose someone with sufficient training and qualifications, it’s not important to know whether you want counselling or psychotherapy before you begin, nor to choose between them. A good counsellor or psychotherapist will explore what you want from the sessions and will regularly check in with you to reassess your intentions and goals and make sure you are getting what you want.