Why do people come to therapy?
People seek to access therapy for many reasons including:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Self-esteem and Confidence issues
- Family and relational issues
- Bereavement and Loss
- Identity struggles
- Occupational difficulties including workplace bullying
- Self-harm and Suicidal thoughts
- Eating disorders
- Dependency and Substance Abuse issues
- Compulsive behaviours
- Sexual Violence
… to name but a few.
However, there are also times when a person doesn’t always know exactly why they feel the way they do, and therapy can help to clarify what is going on and provide support as they work through these feelings and try to find some peace of mind.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Both Counselling and Psychotherapy provide a safe, confidential and supportive space for you to talk through any issues that are causing you distress. Although the terms counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, and at times even overlap, there is a difference between these two talking therapies.
Counselling is usually a short term intervention that deals with present issues or challenges that can be resolved on a conscious level. The agenda and pace is set by the client and counselling can help to process powerful emotions; identify and challenge negative thoughts and behaviours; find more effective coping strategies and improve communication and interpersonal skills.
Psychotherapy, although similar, is a longer term treatment that is more deeply focused on uncovering the root causes of problems, sometimes going back to your earliest childhood memories and relationships, with the aim of understanding how your past is affecting your present and by empowering you, through self-awareness, to make positive changes for the future.
Which type of therapy is right for me?
The issues that you are facing, as well their origins, will determine which of these therapies is most suitable for you and this is why I offer a free initial consultation. A free initial consultation will enable me to understand your reasons for seeking therapy and make an assessment on what kind of treatment I believe would be most appropriate, but will also provide you with the opportunity to decide whether I am the right therapist for you.
‘It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.’ ~ Edmund Hilary