Psychotherapy and counselling offer an approach to emotional wellbeing that gives
you the chance to explore yourself in relationship to another person, the therapist,
which over time promotes understanding and self acceptance. From this will emerge
different choices about ways in which to live your life.
No, it is very different. You will be given the opportunity to talk about your difficulty
in a confidential setting within a trusting, accepting relationship. Over time you
may feel safe enough to explore your pain, despair, frustration or confusion in a
way which may not be possible with friends. Out of this may come a deeper sense
of yourself and an opportunity for growth.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING?
Generally speaking, counselling is the term used for a short-term therapy of between
6-10 sessions where a specific, current issue is addressed and worked through. Psychotherapy
provides a longer-term and deeper therapy for issues that have been around for a
long time. This approach, which might last for a period of months or years, looks
at how the patterns of relationship from the past have a part to play in relationships
in the present. A psychotherapist is able to help a client with deeper work because
of the amount of training, personal therapy and supervised practice he or she has
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has a high profile at the moment and you may have
heard it mentioned in the media, you may know someone who has tried it, or your GP
may have recommended it.
It is an approach to therapy that was first designed by a psychiatrist called Aaron
Temkin Beck in the late 1970’s. CBT helps clients understand how their uncomfortable
feelings link with a series of often unconscious negative automatic thoughts which,
with understanding, may be challenged and altered to bring about different feelings
altogether and change behaviour.
CBT is quite an active therapy in as much as the client undertakes homework and will
be given charts to complete. It is a time-limited therapy and the work will often
be carried out in a matter of months.
While I do not offer CBT as a stand-alone therapy, I studied it in my core training
and now find it a useful approach to draw on when working with anxiety, panic attacks,
stage fright, loss of confidence and trauma and will use it as part of my integrative
approach when I feel my clients might find it helpful.
Couples counselling has a very different feel to individual counselling or psychotherapy.
It is generally a short-term therapy which might last for only 6 - 10 weeks in which
the focus is on the couple as a unit, rather than each individual.
Couples counselling offers two people in a relationship a safe place in which to
explore their difficulties and find hope that through a deeper understanding of each
other they may discover different ways to behave and communicate.
Couples counselling encourages the couple to work independently of the therapist
between sessions and the therapist will agree homework tasks with the partners to