Counselling/psychotherapy is for anyone who feels that they could benefit from a safe, supportive space to explore parts of themselves or their lives. It can be used to address specific issues, or simply to help people to cope better with the demands of life.
You may want short term support for an especially difficult time, or you may feel that you have something more deep rooted that you would like to understand and work through in open ended work. It’s really whatever feels right for you. Once we begin, we will review regularly to assess how your needs are being met and together we will find the best way for you to move forward.
Generally speaking, counselling is often referred to as fairly short term support to help people with specific issues. These could be ways of coping with particularly difficult events or desired changes in behaviours. Psychotherapy can also provide this type of support but will also work at a deeper level, identifying emotional and relational aspects of behaviour patterns that can underpin difficulties in relationships. This tends to be a longer process. The term ‘therapy’ can be used to describe both counselling and psychotherapy processes. I offer both counselling and psychotherapeutic support.
Whilst talking to friends and family members can be a source of great support, because they can often be involved and invested in your life, they tend to offer advice and reassurance. A therapist will offer you a non-judgmental space and will empower you to find your own answers.