These are some questions I am frequently asked about counselling and psychotherapy.
If you don't find the answers you are looking for, please feel free to email me any questions you want.
What does counselling help with?
Counselling can be very helpful in managing an array of different presenting issues. If you, or someone you know, are suffering from any of the following, you could benefit from trying therapy:
Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, feelings of isolation, feeling homesick, anger-management, bereavement, insomnia, eating disorders, addictive behaviours, stress.
If you don't see your symptoms listed above, this does not necessarily mean you wouldn't benefit from counselling. If you are unsure please feel free to contact me and ask me any questions you want.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy are very similar and the two words are often interchangeable. Psychotherapy is effectively a deeper version of counselling. A psychotherapist will have had to undergone a much significantly training than a counsellor. However the experience of either from the perspective of a client may not seem that different.
What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a division of the medical profession. A psychiatrist is a doctor who specialises in mental health. Treatment by a psychiatrist will usually include a specific diagnosis and pharmaceutical medication.
What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is a form of talking therapy that has gained popularity in recent years due to its practical appeal and is commonly offered on the NHS. A cognitive behavioural therapist is likely to draw out diagrams of thinking patterns and give you homework. CBT can be very effective in the short term, especially if you are suffering from anxiety. However it rarely addresses the source of the issue, meaning it is not uncommon for clients to relapse relatively quickly.
While I am not a cognitive behavioural therapist, I do sometimes apply of the practical theory if and when fitting.
What are the different approaches such as Humanistic and Psychodynamic?
The origin of modern psychotherapy is often credited to Sigmund freud and was known as psychoanalysis. His theory was then developed by many subsequent practitioners including Carl Jung. The primary focus of psychoanalysis and psychodynamics is to bring awareness to unconscious processes. This can be done in many ways, such as dream interpretation or free association. Psychodynamic theory will also focus on childhood experiences.
Humanistic theory includes existential and person-centred therapy, which aim primarily to promote a supportive, genuine, and empathic therapeutic relationship. Self-actualisation was a termed coined by Carl Rogers who believed that humans, like all living things, have the propensity to grow towards their full potential unless negatively hindered. Thus a positive relationship will provide the necessary environment to enable healing in the client.
There are of course, many more theories including Gestalt, Body Psychotherapy, Object Relations and Transpersonal. All of which I have studied.
How long does it take for therapy to work?
There is no precise time frame for therapy to work. However, I offer both short-term (6 to 10 weeks) and long-term (open ended) depending on the aim of the therapy.
It is likely you will begin to feel better within a few sessions. However, in long-term therapy, there will be ups and downs as we work through sensitive material. Therefore it is important to maintain a safe and trusting relationship where you feel confident to express your fears and we work through them together.