Counselling or Psychotherapy
One thing you might be asking is what’s the difference? This can be confusing - even the profession is confused and has been "discussing" and disagreeing for many years. In my view there is very little difference at all and the terms therapy, counselling or psychotherapy tend to be used interchangeably. Others will define counselling as being short-term and psychotherapy as being more in-depth and taking place over a longer time period. Others say there is a difference in training and it may be that over the next few years that is clarified as BACP & UKCP the two main governing bodies are looking into this.
Please be assured I have completed an extensive and thorough training which enables me to work to as deep a level is required. My initial training was person-centred and therefore my focus and attention is always going to be towards what is best for each individual I work with.
How I work
I am a relational therapist, by which I mean that is where my focus lies. I believe that what helps in therapy is the relationship between counsellor and client. It is within that relationship that the client heals or learns, and I am changed as well. This is the heart of the person-centred approach.
I am a person-centred counsellor but I have also studied gestalt and solution focused therapies and bring elements of that to my work with people as appropriate. I have undertaken extensive training in trauma and the impact on the mind and body and incorporate that understanding into any work I undertake. I have worked with people in both short-term and long-term work and am happy to tailor the therapy offered to what is appropriate for you in your circumstances. For example I can offer a fixed length therapy course of six or ten sessions – which means you know in advance what the costs will be.
I am an accredited member of BACP and work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. This helps to ensure I work to a professional and ethical standard. To view the Ethical Framework click here.
What is person-centred counselling?
This type of psychotherapy encourages people to explore their feelings and to talk through their difficulties and any distress they are experiencing. As a person-centred therapist I do not claim to have all the answers and I won’t provide you with advice or solutions. The aim is to develop a relationship of trust and empathy where you will feel able to explore and express your feelings and to find a way forward for you.
I will give you my full attention, respect and a commitment to support you in developing your own solutions, insight, and awareness to the issues which are important to you.
I see my job as being to help you, but not to tell you what to do or what to think.
What I will do is provide a non-judgemental listening ear to what you have to say about your problems or issues. I won’t provide you with answers, because I don’t believe ultimately that helps. But I will try to help you to find your own answers.
How does counselling help?
Counselling is what’s known as a talking therapy. There are many different types, or models, of counselling or therapy. Each has its own methods and ways of working. I believe in the resilience and resourcefulness of individuals to help themselves. However, those resources sometimes get a bit lost in the complexity of modern living. We can all sometimes do with a bit of help to uncover our own strengths and capacity to cope. One of the great truths of therapy is that it can be really helpful to talk things through with someone who isn't involved in the rest of your life.
What type of problems can I help with?
I recognise that taking the first step to seek out counselling can be a scary experience. I don’t want to underestimate that but I like this quote from Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy which I find inspiring and I hope will inspire you.
This is the basis of all the work I do with people and informs all my practice.