What to expect from therapy
Whether you want to discuss a specific issue or situation, or are looking for a more in-depth understanding of yourself, it can take courage to reach out. Therapy provides a comfortable and confidential environment to achieve this.
By listening to you, and looking at what drives you, what scares you and what motivates you, I will help guide you to the inner strength and resources that you have within yourself for making lasting change.
Psychotherapy or counselling?
Psychotherapy and counselling are terms that are often used interchangeably. Many people see them as overlapping activities with some differences, but with a lot of features in common. Some argue that there is no difference at all. And there are others who view them as two completely distinct activities.
There is a perception that psychotherapy involves working at greater depth than counselling, and is for the longer term. This is not always necessarily the case. The intensity and depth of therapeutic work can be just as great in counselling as in psychotherapy.
Both psychotherapist and counsellor can help you explore your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a confidential and dependable environment, which may involve discussing past events, such as those from your childhood. And that is the approach I take. I’m here to help you consider how your personality and life experiences influence your current thoughts, feelings, relationships, and behaviour. This understanding can enable you to deal with difficult situations more effectively.
Couple counselling enables people in close relationships to express and explore difficult thoughts, fears and insecurities safely. The counsellor works together with both you and your partner, to understand each other’s experiences and views better, to appreciate each other’s needs, to build on your strengths and make useful changes in your relationship. The counsellor helps you both to achieve what you desire, whether it is to stay together, separate or divorce.
Skype™ counselling moves from counsellor and client being together in a room to being connected via Skype™, with the counsellor located in their place of work and the client wherever works for them – usually at home. Some clients may find it is easier to be open and more comfortable talking over Skype™ as opposed to face to face. Research has shown that counselling via Skype™ can help people feel less inhibited and more forthright during their sessions. Sometimes therapists who work with Skype™ can offer greater flexibility in terms of session times, which makes this ideal for people with busy lives, shift workers and those living overseas.