What is counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. Both are delivered by a trained practitioner who works with people over the short or long term to help them bring about effective change and enhance their sense of well-being.
Who is it for?
Therapy may benefit everybody at some stage in life, as we all can experience life changing events that are difficult to cope with. These may require us to consider adapting new ways of thinking and feeling about ourselves and others. We can find that current problems evoke past issues which hinder us from moving forward with our lives. These are the occasions when a trained therapist may help you to work through your unease.
What happens in a session?
In a counselling or psychotherapy session you are in a safe space to talk confidentially about past and present events in your life. You are also able to explore your associated feelings, emotions, thoughts and beliefs whilst having a professional alongside to help you safely through the experience.
How many sessions will I need?
This will be discussed between you and your therapist at the initial appointment. There is no set amount of therapy sessions stated as being appropriate for any one person. Everyone is unique and therapy is as individual as the set of circumstances brought by the person.
What problems can therapy help me with?
People come to therapy with a wide variety of issues and emotional difficulties they would like to address. You may not know what the problem is or understand why you feel the way you do. Some more frequent reasons people attend therapy include: depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and grief; eating problems, phobias and obsession; self-harm, low self-esteem, addiction, abuse and trauma; identity confusion, anger, relationship breakdown and divorce.
How will it benefit me?
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to:
- Communicate more effectively
- Set and achieve goals
- Increase ones self-esteem
- Discover your self-identity
- Adapt to change and loss
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Achieve a greater sense of self worth
- Feel more empowered
- Have greater personal awareness
- Manage feelings of depression
- Create positive changes
- Take control of your life