Counselling and Psychotherapy
come to counselling or psychotherapy for all sorts of reasons. A significant event, such as bereavement or a relationship
breakdown might be the prompt. Or there could be a desire to identify and break unhealthy patterns of behaviour.
You don't have to be clear about your reasons for starting counselling, many people experience a general sense of unhappiness,
anxiety or dissatisfaction and use counselling as a way of finding out what these feelings could mean. In short, there are
no 'right' or 'wrong' reasons - there merely has to be a willingness to take a closer look at the concerns
that we hold but that are not always easily recognisable to ourselves.
Counselling and Psychotherapy's aim
is to clarify aspects of a person's life that cause distress, confusion or lead us to feel blocked, stuck or unfulfilled.
It is often through clarification of thought that you are able to recognise the full benefits and opportunities that choice
can bring around change. Additionally it can help you to come to terms with those things that you feel or think you have no
opportunity of choice around.
The words psychotherapy and counselling are often used interchangeably and there
are many similiarities between them. They are both there to help you understand yourself and others better; they encourage
and enable you to reassess old thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may not have been useful to helping you meet your needs
and wants in your current environment.
Counselling is generally shorter term work; that looks at blocks in the
moment that are stopping you achieving your goals. Often you attend counselling or brief therapy for 6 to 8 sessions. Psychotherapy
on the other hand is usually longer term treatment and usually lasts for a minimum of 6 months but is often needed for much
longer. A psychotherapist will assess you for traumas, wounds and gaps which you may have attained during childhood development
which may still be impacting you in the here and now. Therefore psychotherapy looks at much deeper rooted issues and provides
an alternative experience to earlier feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
Counselling and psychotherapy cover a
wide range of issues; which can include;
Bereavement and Loss,
Lack of Assertiveness,
Low Self Esteem,
Work Related concerns and many
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