Psychotherapy and Counselling are both terms used to describe talking therapy and whilst very similar, there are some subtle differences as well.
Counselling often involves two people working together to solve a problem and is a term used in conjunction with many types of advice giving. Counselling is generally used to denote a relatively brief treatment that is focused on behaviour. It often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation and offers suggestions and advice for dealing with it.
Psychotherapy can generally be longer term, dependent on the client, and concentrates on gaining an insight into both physical and emotional problems with the focus primarily on your thought process and way of being in the world rather than always specific problems.
Whilst some issues may involve looking back over past events to decipher why you feel or behave in a certain way, therapy can also focus primarily on the present to gain an understanding of what’s going on for you right now. That is why, as a psychotherapist, I utilise a variety of therapeutic methods rather than relying on a single method of intervention.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and Transactional Analysis are all methods I use to analyse what’s going on in your present situation with tools and coping mechanisms to help you get through the difficulties you face on a daily basis. Alongside these, I work with the theories of Carl Rodgers, Sigmund Freud, Maslow and Gestalt.
Adopting a Psychodynamic approach which is supported by the relationship between us as client and therapist, I am client focused, flexible and offer therapy that is tailored to fit your individual needs. I offer an INITIAL CONSULTATION to discuss your issues further and decide the best course of treatment to support you.