What is it?

Both counselling and psychotherapy offer the opportunity for people to talk about their problems confidentially. The counsellor will help you explore the problem, develop strategies where appropriate and support you whilst you overcome the situation. In our experience we find that those people who tackle their problems sooner rather than later are usually able to find ways of coping.

The aim of counselling or psychotherapy is to provide people with the opportunity to talk about difficulties they may be experiencing in a safe and confidential environment. People are helped to explore the problem and their own feelings in order to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way. Individuals and couples who are having problems sometimes find it easier to talk to someone other than close family and friends. Counsellors and psychotherapists are trained to listen carefully and are impartial and non-judgemental.

Why do people come for counselling/psychotherapy?

People seek counselling and psychotherapy for a wide variety of issues, for example:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Relationship problems
  • Phobias and compulsive behaviours
  • The effects of childhood abuse - physical, sexual, emotional
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual problems
  • Eating problems
  • Depression
  • Personal development
  • Traumatic experience

What do counsellors/psychotherapists do?

In a private room they:-

  • listen to you without giving opinions or interfering
  • give you time to talk
  • use various techniques to help you explore the situation
  • give you the space to explore your feelings
  • support you through difficult times
  • help you consider your options
  • enable you to choose the solution which is best for you

How many sessions will I need?

Therapists practise in many different ways but normally the first session is for assessment or consultation. The client will discuss their problems and expectations and the therapist will describe the way they work. Usually a verbal or sometimes written contract will be agreed which will set out the number and times of sessions. Usually this is reviewed regularly. Clients’ needs are all very different and some see their counsellor or psychotherapist for one session and some for 10 years!

What happens in the therapy room?

Counselling and psychotherapy offers you a space to share, in confidence, difficulties in your personal life with someone who is trained to help you explore and unlock feelings which may have been hidden for years. Painful situations in the present often have their roots in the past. Counselling and psychotherapy assists you to uncover hidden links, which in turn may allow greater freedom of thought and action. Clients will talk about past and current relationships as well as the counselling relationship. The aim is to help explore and understand feelings, and to help clients imagine and work towards a better future.

How can counselling/psychotherapy help me?

Sometimes we need to talk things over with someone other than family or friends. They may have their own ideas of what is best for you. A counsellor or psychotherapist is impartial and non judgemental and can listen to the whole story without being hurt or offended and can help you arrive at the best solution for you.

Human beings have a tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour and even when they would like to change find themselves unable to do so. These patterns may repeat themselves in the therapy room, and can be looked at with the counsellor or psychotherapist. It may be upsetting but it can help you to understand more about yourself. From this you may begin to feel less confused, or make changes in your life, or come to terms with things that can’t be changed.