Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental space in which you can explore the issues that are causing you difficulty. Life can bring us many challenges and we rarely take the time and space to reflect on them.
You may be feeling overwhelmed, or experiencing depression or anxiety; you may have a specific problem such as bereavement, relationship difficulties, or a personal trauma; or maybe you don't know what the problem is but feel things are not quite right. Talking to someone outside of your situation can help.
I see counselling as primarily working short term in a very focussed way dealing with a specific issue. Psychotherapy explores at a deeper level the underlying patterns of relating that you have developed in response to past experiences and that are now interfering with how you live your life. Gaining this awareness is what enables you to make lasting changes.
What makes it effective?
Therapists work in different ways but the quality of the relationship is the key to whether therapy is most effective. The most important thing when looking for a therapist therefore, is to find someone that you feel comfortable with and are able to relate to. That does not mean that therapy will be easy, but that you feel supported to explore what is troubling you through an open and honest dialogue.