19th January 2021 

Psychotherapy and Counselling

The honest and supportive relationship that therapy and counselling offer provides the opportunity to explore and understand the difficulties you may be experiencing. This process encourages personal growth, offers the possibility of change and supports the ultimate aim of you no longer needing therapy or counselling in order to get on with your life feeling confident and at ease with the world.

Psychotherapy and Counselling #01Counselling is very effective for helping to resolve a problem or an issue, which adversely affects you life, without too much deep exploration of the root cause.

Therapy is perhaps more appropriate if the problem is a deeper one which you have encountered before, or if it has been a longstanding issue. Through therapy the root causes can be explored and ways of working towards effective and sustainable changes discovered.

I believe that there is no one single approach to counselling and therapy equally suitable for all clients. In recognition of this fact, and in order to meet my individual client's needs as fully as I am able to, I work with an integration of approaches including Humanistic, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Humanistic Psychotherapy "...encourages people to explore their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Emphasis is on self-development and achieving highest potential.."

Person-Centred Counselling requires the counsellor to be..
"...sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to perceive (themself) as a person, with the power and freedom to change".

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy/Counselling "..stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in determining current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship."

(Definitions taken from BACP -
Explanation of Theoretical Approaches)