Counselling and Psychotherapy

What are Counselling and Psychotherapy?

People generally come to counselling rather than psychotherapy, to deal with a specific problem in their life. For example, depression, loss of a relationship, anxiety, fear, low self esteem or grief. They want to deal with this one issue, and have the process over as soon as possible. This can be achieved through counselling. However, often the initial problem finds a home elsewhere in the person’s make-up and clients having experienced the value of counselling and the counsellor may feel drawn to dig deeper and move into psychotherapy, or not.
The aim of talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist is to help you make sense of what is going in your life, as well as to reflect on past experiences and how they impact on the present - the person you are today.
The counsellor will work with the relationship to facilitate self knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth, giving the client a experience of an honest and caring relationship.
The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the client’s work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources and capacity for self determination.
The following issues are often presented:

  • Self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Emotional crisis & difficulties coping
  • Bereavement, loss, separation & relationship break-down
  • Self-image problems
  • Despair, feelings of meaningless and hopelessness
  • Childhood issues & trauma
  • Work-related issues, stress, interpersonal conflict, bullying & personal development
  • Couples counselling