Counselling & Psychotherapy

What’s the difference between Counselling & Psychotherapy?

Counselling works at a practical level to address specific issues,  rearrange existing resources and bolster support systems.

Psychotherapy encompasses all this while simultaneously going deeper to get to the heart of the matter. It is more about internal restructuring for enhanced capacity.

It works on multiple levels, incorporating the physical/body/somatic, psychological, emotional, mental, relational and spiritual aspects of the person, to address deeper psychological patterning and functioning. This incorporates both the unconscious and conscious dynamics at play in your relationships and your life.

Reasons for therapy:

  • anxiety or depression
  • entrenched relationship patterns which are hurtful, harmful, de-vitalising, abusive, or not satisfying and loving
  • a foreboding sense of loneliness or abandonment
  • lack of confidence and self-esteem
  • grief & bereavement: dealing with loss or major change
  • when your existing relationships or support structures are not providing you with what you need
  • to explore what is blocking you from achieving something in your career or relationships
  • past trauma which is affecting your functioning and ability to move forward with your life
  • general burn-out, overwhelm or ongoing stress in your life
  • to confront issues from your childhood and family of origin which are affecting you in your relationships now and you want to change
  • to make changes before you hand things down to your children, or if you have already and want to deal with it

Potential benefits and outcomes of therapy:

  • developing a strong sense of self with healthy boundaries and a greater range of internal resources
  • systematically free yourself from the limiting beliefs your have carried from your past
  • more satisfying, fun, healthy, loving, intimate relationships
  • get to know yourself better – what do you really think and feel about things and how do you express this with others?
  • feeling more comfortable and confident within yourself
  • living with more spontaneity and freedom to be yourself and rewrite the story of your life, now and into the future
  • learn to relax and trust in life
  • discover what it is like being in relationship with you
  • practice and experiment new ways of being to transfer into your relational life

 Scientific Evidence

Both counselling and psychotherapy are underpinned by an ever-growing body of scientific research into the brain and how it functions and develops in the context of our relationships.

The findings of this research offer us ways of understanding how we work as therapists in relation to our clients and what they need for their brain and their body to process in a functional way. This work happens in relationship.

Although psychotherapy is a very personal and intuitive process, it is important that these aspects be grounded in empirical knowledge and clinically based methods.

Visiting the past

Psychotherapy has a reputation for going back to the past and reliving your childhood.

Yes in some cases people want to be able to explore what happened in their childhood and in these cases talking about it may help to resolve things.

However, sometimes this does not necessarily lead to change. In such instances working in the here and now and with what feels most relevant is usually more productive and may lead organically to an exploration of the past if it is appropriate.

How I Work

I have a deep respect for the individuality of each person, and their own process of development.

This means everyone has different requirements of therapy and I will carefully tailor a treatment plan to meet your personal requirements.

This will include all the areas you wish to address within a framework of a broader contract based on my assessment of your psychological needs and functioning.

My approach is integrative and holistic, incorporating the physical/body/somatic, mental, emotional, psychological, relational and spiritual aspects of each individual.

Working with whatever issues you bring, we explore together what this means for you and how it relates to your overall intention for therapy.

The theoretical foundation which underpins my clinical thinking about my clients comes from my training in Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) and Somatic Psychotherapy.

Relational TA has given me a comprehensive psychotherapy training incorporating developmental, attachment and personality theories which can  be applied to a broad spectrum of clients and modalities.

Somatics is a body-oriented psychotherapy where we use our experience of our bodily senses to inform and guide our work.

As part of my professional integrity and maintenance, I am in ongoing supervision and professional development.

My practice is governed by a code of ethics set out by the professional organisations to which I belong.  These codes of ethics are on the websites of my member organisations ATAA and PACFA – found on the side of every page.

The Point of Psychotherapy

Ultimately the main goal of Psychotherapy is to increase your sense of well-being and connectedness with yourself and with the people in your life.