How does counselling work?
There are two options when considering counselling. If you live near by the natural choice for you is to come to see me.
Face to face counselling takes place within my professional, but comfortable office, providing a completely private and confidential setting, so that you can feel comfortable and safe enough to share your concerns or worries.
An alternative for those people who live further away would be telephone counselling or Skype, and this can be discussed with me if you request.
In the initial consultation, you will be able to talk to me to clarify areas that you want to cover.
I will assess the number of sessions that you may need & we will discuss this as we go along. Each session is 60 minutes long, usually at the same time and day each week.
Whats the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Both are valid and effective ways of dealing with anything in your life that is causing you distress or unwanted behaviours.
Counselling often deals with the 'here and now', to help you get to grips with whatever is bothering you, offering tools in order to allow you to move on with your life in a more positive way. It can help you come to terms with distressing or traumatic events, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce or an accident. It can also be an effective way of dealing with longer term problems such as grief or anxiety.
Psychotherapy is very similar, however, it usually is more focussed on looking further into the past for reasons why you have developed or maintain certain behaviors or fears, here in the present day.
What is a psychodynamic way of working?
I use many different methods of working including Counselling, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Analysis, CBH (cognitive behaviour hypnosis) BWRT (brainworking recursive therapy) and elements of Gestalt Psychology and Person Centred therapy.
This just makes for a far more rounded and successful, psycho-therapeutic experience!
If you'd like to make an initial consultation, I will take a detailed history of events and then give you an approximate idea of the number of sessions you may need. Averagely though, working in this way, 6 - 12 sessions are all that are required to get you back on track.