In practice there is actually little difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy. One analogy I have found useful is that Counselling is about getting the dragon (problem) back in the cave whereas Psychotherapy is about dragon riding sessions. You first have to tame the dragon before you can ride (and learn from) it. More technically, Counselling addresses the Ego, whereas Psychotherapy pays attention to the Soul.
Issues addressed in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Abuse – physical, sexual, mental and emotional.
- Addiction – substance and relationship.
- Affairs and Betrayals
- Separation and Divorce
- Anger management
- Post natal depression in women and men
- Loneliness and social anxiety
- Bereavement and Grief
- Miscarriage and termination
- Personal Development
- Life Purpose and Meaning
- Self esteem
- Relationship difficulties – partners, parents, siblings, children, friends, work colleagues
- Caretaking, Narcissism and Borderline Personality Disorder
- Sexuality and Sex problems
- Spirituality and meditation
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Surgical traumatisation and dissociation
If you are new to looking for a Counsellor or Psychotherapist, I highly recommend you watch this YouTube film "A former Therapist's critique of Psychotherapy" by Daniel Mackler. I agree with 95% of what he says and it should help you choose a suitable and effective therapist. I do have a working style that has developed with experience gained over the course of almost 30 years practice. Key influences have been my trainings in Psychosynthesis and Core Process Psychotherapy, complemented by many years of Jungian Analysis and Supervision. I apply a transpersonal perspective, balancing the needs of Ego and Soul. I do not employ techniques or fit clients into normalising models or theories, as modern trainings seem to prescribe. I listen to you. I offer a warm therapeutic relationship based on a passionate dedication to authenticity, integrity, equality and openness. I will share with you my thoughts and feelings (unlike many counsellors are trained to do these days) and it is for you to clarify any misunderstanding I hold.
My work goes beyond the mainstream "normalising" psychotherapies, in that I respect your individual uniqueness and help you come into right relationship with the problem, difficulty or challenge that you are facing. No uniform approach will meet you, and my job, with your help, is to meet you how you need to be met and make the therapy that works for you. Longer term work (psychotherapy) can lead to profound changes and the discovery (or deepening) of a personal spiritual and soulful perspective. Technically, my work would be described as person-centred embodied depth psychotherapy within a transpersonal or psycho-spiritual perspective. Our work is confidential and in line with good professional practice, I may share the content of our work, but not your identity, with a supervisor who assists me with the clinical/theoretical aspects of our work and helps me see our work, and you, more clearly.
I offer a free initial session with no commitment to any future sessions. I offer this so we have the opportunity to meet, see how we get on and assess the appropriateness of us working together. If you are considering coming to see me, but are not sure, please avail yourself of this offer to meet, even if it is to help you decide now is not the right time, or I am not the right person, hopefully the session will help you move on, one way or another. You will not have to decide in the initial session if you want us to work together or not. Entering therapy is a big decision, emotionally and financially, so it can be good to take time before making such a commitment. I usually see people weekly for a full hour. Fortnightly sessions make the work feel a bit "thin" but may suit an ending for example. I rarely see people more than once a week, however in times of crisis or difficulty, this can usually be arranged.
A regular fixed appointment is beneficial to the work and we will try to find a time and day that is practical for us both. The length of time we work together is very much up to you, however an initial commitment to six sessions helps focus and contain the work. At the end of that time we can review our work and you can choose to continue and explore the particular issue, or other matters, more deeply if you wish. For more information about me and my background see the “About” section and Article More About Me and Psychotherapy.
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