What is therapy?
There is a lot of jargon used to describe therapy and its benefits. I simplify things and focus on how I can best help you.
Psychotherapy and counselling are talking therapies. They can help people overcome pain from their pasts, feel supported through current challenges and develop coping strategies for the future.
Some people consider ‘counselling’ to mean working in a shorter term, more focussed way to help you cope with specific issues, feelings or experiences such as bereavement, sudden loss or the painful breakdown of a relationship. For further information about counselling, you can go to: https://www.bacp.co.uk
‘Psychotherapy’ can often be used to describe deeper, longer-term work with a therapist to consider your behavioural, emotional and thought patterns and how they may be contributing to repeated disappointments or the sense that you are ‘stuck’ in difficult or overwhelming feelings. This work could include looking at how you relate to yourself and others, or where you may be attached to certain things in a way that doesn’t seem helpful such as food, drugs or alcohol, or difficult relationships. For further information about psychotherapy, you can go to: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk
In my work I draw on whichever approach I believe can best meet your needs.
You won’t be interrogated or put under pressure and there won’t be anything ‘done to you.’ The work is led by you and our goal is always to help you come to a deeper understanding of yourself.
In my experience, being listened to deeply and compassionately can help to ease overwhelming emotions and make space for new perspective when we feel submerged in difficulty.