About Counselling/Psychotherapy
What Is Counselling/Psychotherapy And What Benefits Can It Bring?

Counselling and psychotherapy enable you to share issues that may be on your mind or affecting you, and to be listened and responded to differently to how you may be within other relationships in your life. Often this experience is found to be helpful, and conducive to growth and change.

As a counsellor/psychotherapist, I have been trained to listen attentively and patiently to my clients, reflecting upon and exploring their concerns, whilst carefully sharing my own thoughts and observations. If you choose to work with me, I will not pass judgement on your situation, or necessarily push you towards a particular course of action - as other ‘helping professionals’, family members or friends might. However, I may sometimes wish to bring to light, or gently challenge, any attitudes or underlying assumptions you may hold - and we can explore some strategies and ways forward together if you wish.

Generally, through respecting and working with you as you are, and through maintaining confidentiality, I will seek to foster an environment where you can begin to examine your situation safely, feeling supported as you begin to think about what lies ahead.

What Types Of Issues Can Counselling/Psychotherapy Help With?

People seek counselling/psychotherapy for a variety of reasons and there are many life experiences that it can help with. These include:

Relationship difficulties
Feelings of low self-esteem
Confusion over identity, career options, lifestyle choices or faith
Difficulty in coming to terms with loss or sudden change (bereavement or redundancy for example)

It can also assist people dealing with more specific psychological issues such as:

Depression
Anxiety
Addiction
Eating disorders

Is There A Difference Between Counselling & Psychotherapy?

You may be wondering if there is a distinction between counselling and psychotherapy, or have seen the terms used interchangeably - including on this website. Debate regarding the difference between the two terms continues and is often largely academic. However, broadly speaking, counselling can be seen as helping an individual to address a specific issue or symptom (for example, a bereavement or particular fear) in the context of a short series of sessions. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, involves longer term exploration of one's early life experiences, relational patterns and core beliefs and values. Sometimes people attend psychotherapy for a year or more - as often it can take this amount of time to achieve the understanding and make the connections that lead to a lasting difference.