What is counselling / psychotherapy?
Counselling is a talking therapy and is an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and feelings that may be causing you concern or distress. It is a confidential space, separate to friends and family, where you are listened to without judgement and your experience is the most important. It is a purposeful and focused conversation with a trained professional who can help you make sense of what you may be going through and support you in any changes you wish to make.
Psychotherapy is like counselling and often the terms are used interchangeably, however, it is generally understood that counselling is more short term for a specific time of difficulty and psychotherapy is a deeper exploration of how past experiences, our personality, and sense of ourselves can influence current patterns of behaviour and usually requires longer term work.
Who is counselling / psychotherapy for?
People seek counselling for many reasons, such as:
depression • low self-esteem • anxiety • panic attacks • stress • bereavement or loss • anger management • relationship difficulties • emotional difficulties • trauma • coping with an illness • substance abuse
Some may be upset by what is happening in their lives now, or be troubled by events in the past. Others may feel anxious, confused or depressed for no obvious reason.
Sometimes people use therapy when considering a life-changing decision, (for example, a career change, or a relationship change) or for personal development to understand themselves better.
This is not an exhaustive list, as the reasons why people seek support can be so varied.