Counselling and PsychotherapyWhen you are facing difficulties in your life, both counselling and psychotherapy can be very valuable.
Counselling tends to be for those people looking for short-term support which include issues like stress at home or work or something in your life that you’d like to change. One issue that clients often find difficult to keep under control is anxiety and I provide support to help them manage this. Phobias can also have a big impact on day-to-day life, but their impact on day-to-day life can be reduced considerably.
Psychotherapy usually refers to slightly longer-term treatment which might be longstanding and includes emotional problems, family issues, relationships and bereavement.
It is up to you to decide how far you would like to take the work and it could be that you opt for around six sessions, take a break and then return for further sessions. There is no set rule about the amount of support you might need – for instance, when people experience loss of any kind they deal with it in very different ways and there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ about this. It can seem that family and friends want you to ‘move on’ very quickly and this isn’t always possible.
It may seem easier to be open about certain things than it was years ago, including coming out as gay, bisexual or transgender, but most people still find it hard to open up about these things, especially as they’ve been hiding their sexuality for years.
As your counsellor, I will help you to explore the options and hopefully enable you to see yourself and life from a more hopeful viewpoint.
Some of the examples of the difficulties I have helped people to overcome include:
- Anxiety and stress
- Bullying and abuse
- Developing confidence
- Handling anger and conflict
- Loss and bereavement
- Personal development
- Relationship issues
- Sexual difficulties