What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
If you've tried counselling or psychotherapy before, or even if you haven't, it can seem a daunting prospect. Talking about our issues doesn't always come naturally and it may be that you feel in crisis and need some immediate support.
The area has many approaches, schools and techniques and it can be confusing to know which is best for you and where to start. My own experience is that the most important thing is to feel comfortable with your therapist and the environment they provide. Then a trusting and supportive relationship can develop without which it will be very difficult to make progress, so whether you choose to see me or someone else, I hope that is helpful.
It may have worked for you previously or may not, but as the nature of the therapist - client relationship is crucial and as there are many different approaches it's always worth trying something and seeing how you get on.
Generally counselling is on a short-term basis (say 12 - 20 sessions) on a single issue with psychotherapy being more in depth over a longer period to get to fundamental reasons for your feeling or behaviour. How long you see someone for and the nature of the work will depend on what you are bringing and feel your needs are.