“The more we are able to know the truth of who we are, the more we can be authentic and spontaneous, rather than merely living through concepts of ourselves.” Almaas
Seeking help can give people an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with someone who is not directly involved in their lives. A trusting relationship between therapist and client is pivotal and I understand the importance of providing a safe, supportive, honest and respectful environment for my clients.
Counselling and Psychotherapy allows people to engage in a process of understanding themselves better as well making sense of feelings, thoughts and behaviours. This process may help people identify and re-evaluate core beliefs, as well offer an understanding as to how these beliefs may be influencing the way they live their lives.
It may also provide people with the opportunity to reflect on why people are feeling stuck in a pattern of behaviour and give them a deeper understanding of how they relate to others.
Although the terms counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between counselling and psychotherapy.
Counselling is usually shorter term and often solution focussed, Psychotherapy is usually longer term and may focus on broader more complex issues.
Starting psychotherapy or counselling
People pursue psychotherapy or counselling for a variety of reasons. Some may enter it to address major life transitions, such as divorce or death, and others may seek help in managing mental health conditions, like depression. There’s a common misconception that people who decide to have psychotherapy or counselling have something wrong with them, when in fact, most clients that I see are ordinary people struggling with common, everyday issues.
There are many more reasons for seeking psychotherapy or counselling some of these can include:
- Family breakdown
- Adjusting to life changes/transitions
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship difficulties
- Supporting someone with a mental health illness
- Post trauma
- Stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation
- Self destructive patterns
- Cultural issues
- Childhood trauma
- Parenting challenges
- Health related issues
- Anger management