How Counselling can help
Counselling can help to explore the way we are thinking or feeling, as well as for anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve. People may choose to a seek counselling because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint. The way counselling can help will depend on the person receiving the treatment. For many, the fact that counselling offers a safe and confidential environment to speak in is all it takes. In life, what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect, altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling eliminates this problem and offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts with an unbiased party.
While counselling is not about giving advice it can still involve suggestions of things to do to feel better. What counselling will give is help to uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the tools, which will help you to resolve them on your own.
In the majority of cases, a single session will not be enough to help overcome any issues you're facing. Counselling is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively. Because of this, many people opt for regular counselling sessions to make the most of the process.
Counselling can help you understand yourself better and the way you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more armed with information you are, the easier it gradually becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing, so that eventually you can come out the other side feeling more positive. Counselling can also help you better understand other people's point of view, which can shed light onto the way you interpret words or actions.
How Psychotherapy can help
Psychotherapy helps with exploring thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves and other people, including family and those close to us and understanding our behaviour in relationship with others. Psychotherapy offers a deeper understanding, which provides fundamental changes, through finding the root of our distress and gaining a deeper understanding into the issues we are facing. Psychotherapy offers exploration with a wide range of mental health issues.
Developing a trusting relationship in psychotherapy is important and will help you to explore on a deeper level and talk about long-standing problems. This can take time. Depending on your reason for seeking psychotherapy and what you wish to gain, your sessions may need to last several months or years. Psychotherapy sessions are arranged weekly to enable holding, containing and to maintain a therapeutic relationship, which allows us to explore.
My approach within psychotherapy is to work through integration. Integrative psychotherapy includes exploring together at your pace how your environment from the past has shaped your present way of being. Within Integration we explore new ways of being in the present, that will allow you to be yourself and grow and live confidently. Integrative psychotherapy is an integration of feeling, thought and behaviour and integrates different theories and modalities to allow the therapy to be tailored to an individual’s needs and finds solutions that fit for you.