About Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy provide a safe and confidential setting in which to explore thoughts, worries, feelings, memories, dreams and fantasies. Counselling typically focuses on addressing a specific problem or issue during a limited number of sessions, whereas psychotherapy is generally an in-depth and open-ended process which may be more helpful when the problem is unspecific, complex or longstanding.
Throughout history the therapeutic relationship has taken many forms. Its purpose has been not only to relieve suffering, but to enable a person to achieve a deeper self-understanding. In resolving past conflicts, a person can begin to live more fully in the present and face the future more creatively.
How Does Therapy Work?
The person coming for help is encouraged to reflect on matters uppermost in his/her mind during regular 50 minute sessions. The therapist listens and helps the person to reach a deeper understanding of him/herself, opening the way to change.
As the relationship with the therapist develops, the individual discovers new insights and better ways of being and coping with problems and feelings.
Sessions are regular and frequent so as to give as much continuity and support as possible. If you are undecided about therapy and are wondering whether to explore it further you might like to read Why see a therapist?