Approach - Understanding - Results
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy as terms are sometimes used interchangeably; this is because they are very similar. Some say that counselling tackles lower end less serious problems and is usually over shorter time spans than psychotherapy. My experience is more that they merge into each other making it difficult to separate the two.
The way that I approach counselling and psychotherapy is from a Humanistic, non-directive, listening, and relational standpoint. Providing a safe, open, and non-judgmental environment to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. As well as being Humanistic my training has afforded me the opportunity to learn and include a number of key theories into my practice, otherwise known as being Integrative. My experience has shown that this is an engaging way of practicing with clients, holds interest and delivers results.
It's All About You
Exploring the parts of your self that you don’t quite understand can be challenging at times but can bring about a new, deeper knowledge of how and why you operate the way that you do. Looking at the points of resistance and the unconscious truth that forms our lives out of our awareness. Bringing that which is out of awareness into awareness and using it to discover a new brighter reality to our lives.
Once we have a clearer understanding of the emotional parts of our self then our relationships with others are illuminated. We can empathise more and grow stronger more honest relationships with those that we care about most deeply. Some of the previously undiscovered parts of us that have been well defended can be a surprise but treating these parts with respect and love can lead to psychological and emotional growth. Damage done in relationships from our past can be understood and healed by being in a therapeutic relationship with a counsellor.
If you would like to know a bit more about me and my background then please click on the "About me" page link.