Counselling & Psychotherapy
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) describes the key elements of counselling as:
* A service provided when you wish to make changes in your life
* An opportunity to make sense of your individual circumstances
* Contact with a therapist who helps identify the choices for change
* Support for the individual during their process of change
* The end result leaving you better equipped to cope for the future
The Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy are similar in that they have a common goal; which is to help clients, often troubled by some form of distress, to make changes in their lives and find greater freedom of choice in the way they live.
Understandably, the method of the psychotherapist and counsellor overlap. They both entail a trusting one-to-one relationship with a client with meetings at regular intervals. Nevertheless, there are differences.
For example, the counsellor tends to focus on current problems, sometimes on one problem alone. The psychotherapist tends to look at more deep-seated issues such as long standing habits and patterns that may have their roots in the client’s past. Another area of difference may well be in the training. The psychotherapist will have trained more extensively, often having initially trained as a counsellor. Psychotherapists are required to undergo personal therapy to deepen their knowledge and understanding of themselves and of the process of therapy itself. Counsellors may have undergone therapy but are not always obliged to do so.
Finding your own inner guidance
Often we need to learn how to contain and interpret our emotions. Through empathy and the creation of a safe and trusting environment I will help you to tune in to yourself and how you feel. You will then find that you develop an awareness of your own inner guidance system that can become a reliable resource in all situations.
Whatever issues you bring and however we work with them, the relationship we build in the sessions will be very important. It will be confidential, supportive and non-judgemental, allowing you to express your true self and find out what you really want in life.
If you'd like more information about counselling and psychotherapy try these websites:
UKCP - The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
BACP - The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy