What’s the difference between counselling & psychotherapy?
Counselling is often described as a shorter-term intervention focusing on a particular event/ issue in someone’s life.
Therapy is often described as a longer-term intervention, looking at issues, personal experiences and relationships more in depth.
Who can benefit from counselling & psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy and counselling can be highly effective for people experiencing a range of conditions and circumstances that impact negatively on their physical and mental health wellbeing. Some of the experiences and issues I work with are:
- Anxiety- Fear- Stress- Panic
- Depression- Self-harm- Low Self esteem/ Confidence- Impact of partner/parental mental health
- Reaching a crisis point/ not being able to cope- Work & Life balance
- Anger- Frustration- Aggression- Bullying
- Shame- Trauma- PTSD- Domestic abuse- Sexual abuse- Childhood abuse
- Relationship issues- Repeating patterns of behaviour- Relationship and communication difficulties- Divorce
- Family issues- Parenting issues- Parent & Child relational dynamics- Post adoption
- Life changes/ transitions- Loss- Bereavement- Long-term illness- Infertility
- Sexuality- Sexual Identity
- Feeling: stuck/ confused/ passive/ adaptive/ numb/ lost/ unsafe/ invisible/ needy/ not accepted/ not loved/ not belonging/ not mattered/ not cared for/ not bothered/ trying too hard/ not in control/ too controlling
- Some people chose to be in therapy for their personal or professional development
How long are the sessions?
Individual (child, adult) therapy/counselling sessions are 50 minutes long.
Parent-child therapy sessions are between 30min-50min long depending on age of the child & agreement.
How often would I need to attend?
Ideally weekly on a regular basis. However, if this is not possible, we can discuss other arrangements.
How long does counselling/therapy take?
That is individual to each person. Depending on what you bring to therapy and what changes/ differences you would to make in your life.
Can I talk about anything?
Yes. In the therapeutic relationship I offer professional boundaries, safe, confidential and non-judgmental space, where you can discuss anything, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel.
What is the benefit of using the creative arts in therapy?
The arts ( art, clay, sand play, postcards, music, poetry, drama, puppetry, body movement) offer safe and contained way how to express and process feelings, which can sometimes be difficult to articulate or find the right words for.
Do I have to use the arts?
No. It is entirely up to you whether you choose to use any arts media to support your work in therapy.