Why counselling or psychotherapy
Perhaps you're wondering about whether counselling or psychotherapy is what would help you at the moment. Counselling and psychotherapy offers a safe, empathic, confidential space for you to explore how you would like to move forward in your life or what is troubling you at the moment. There are as many different reasons for seeking out counselling and psychotherapy as there are people.
You may experience patterns in your life that are not helping you, coping strategies that no longer work. Some people want to explore ways to live more fully and get in touch with more of a sense of meaning and freedom. Others come to therapy because they are experiencing anxiety and depression, low self esteem or confidence, relationship issues, or bereavement. Some are experiencing challenges related to mid-life, addiction or a whole range of processes emerging from experience of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Whatever your reasons for seeking out counselling or psychotherapy, it offers a space to explore yourself, your relationships and the issues you face in your life.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to start to create the life that you want. It can support you to understand and perhaps even let go of the effects of past difficulties and traumas and to experience more choice in your life. This doesn’t mean that difficult things won’t happen, but that you will have more choice in how you deal with them.
Perhaps you are wondering what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy? I see counselling as short term work, perhaps to work with a specific issue or situation in your life. Psychotherapy is usually open ended. It offers an opportunity to work at more depth with issues you face in your life with the support of an experienced therapist.