Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy aims to help clients gain insight into their difficulties; and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour.
It involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from the past and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help do it safely and confidentially.
Depending on the nature of the work together, therapy can be short or long term. Sessions can be provided for adults, adolescents and children on a one-to-one basis, or for couples, families and within groups whose members share similar problems.
Can counselling and psychotherapy help me?
Counselling and Psychotherapy has helped many people deal with issues or emotional distress, which can be experienced in many ways including:
- Anxiety or an inability to cope or concentrate
- Inability to deal with stress or recover from stressful situations
- Lack of confidence or excessive shyness
- Coping with the effects of abuse
- Feelings of depression, sadness, grief or emptiness
- Extreme mood swings
- Difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships
- Sexual problems
- Difficulties in coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or loss of employment
- Eating disorders
- Self harm
- Obsessive behaviour
- Panic attacks and phobia
What happens in a counselling or psychotherapy session?
Every session is different because every client is different, as are their issues and goals. The therapist will encourage the client to talk and explore feelings and experiences towards understanding and change as appropriate.
Depending on their training and modality, the therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration – for example, using art, metaphors, imaging, relaxation, dream or movement work.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Different people use the words counselling and psychotherapy in different ways, so there is no commonly agreed definition.
Psychotherapy may sometimes be used to describe more in-depth work between the therapist and client.
Do many people use counselling and psychotherapy services?
The number of individuals accessing counselling and mental health services across the U.K. have been increasing each year, with numbers rising for both men and women in all age bands and ethic groups.
People are increasingly seeing the benefit in working with trained professionals to improve their wellbeing.
What is Coaching?
Coaches utilise effective techniques to help clients make changes and achieve goals in all aspects of life.
A coach will approach things pragmatically. Through questions and exercises, the coach will work with a client in a structured way to identify the most effective route to their goal. A coach might divide ultimate goals into smaller bite-sized tasks and develop tools and techniques with the client to keep them on track.
Coaching can be applied for personal development, making career changes, developing businesses and teams, and achieving specific goals in life.