Counselling is a method of therapy that focuses on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In other words, counselling helps you to understand how these three things affect each other. Counselling can be used for a variety of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or relationship problems. When you have counselling you are not being told what to do but rather being guided by an expert in the field. Counselling is a very private process so all information shared will be confidential. It’s a safe place where you can explore your thoughts and emotions without judgement.
I currently offer therapy in an online capacity only due to COVID, and I currently offer individual 1-1 therapy. The type of therapies that are provided vary depending on the needs of my client. Sessions last for 50 minutes, which will be agreed upon with you before we work together.
Counselling is a largely misunderstood profession, with many people believing that it is the same as psychotherapy.
While counselling and psychotherapy can share similar methods, their goals are different. Counsellors are trained to provide guidance to individuals on matters of everyday life for about one hour per week. Counselling can help people cope with mental health concerns, make changes to their lives, or just help them navigate through tough times.
Counselling is not just for those who have psychological disorders. We all face challenges in our day-to-day lives that require extra support from time to time. Sometimes it’s hard to know what you need when you feel overwhelmed by stress or anxiety, or when you need someone neutral to talk things through with about an important issue affecting your life.
There are many reasons why people turn to counselling including: family conflicts, relationship problems, stress at work, indecision about education or career choices, depression and anxiety disorders.
During a session, we may have a general discussion about how you are feeling and I will take you through steps designed to help with your problems. As the conversation progresses, it might vary depending on what type of sessions (e.g., relationships or childhood) and approach taken. It could include:
- Your thoughts, emotions or feelings
- Your past life events
- Life scenarios that feel difficult for you (such as work-related stress)
I will seek to understand your viewpoint and behaviour. I am not going to judge you or categorize any type of insecure behavior, we are all different so trying my best with what I know is important for me I would like us both to be able to experience one another’s emotions and thoughts in order for communication between us both. We remain respectful towards each other as it is vital that clients feel safe when talking about difficult subjects such as childhood abuse
Psychotherapy is a type of talk therapy in which I identify how your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and experiences influence each other.
I use techniques such as psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to help alleviate symptoms of psychological disorders.
The goal of psychotherapy is to help relieve or prevent depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses by addressing the root cause of the problem. Many times, when you believe that your thoughts are causing your negative feelings or behaviours, it can be difficult to change them on your own.
Psychotherapy can offer the opportunity for self-reflection that will allow you to identify why you may have certain thoughts or emotions that don’t make sense and can lead you to change them for positive ones.
When you experience or witness an event that makes you feel unsafe, helpless and vulnerable, it is easy to be overwhelmed. In such a case, psychotherapy helps by providing compassionate listening and understanding rather than making any diagnoses. My approach is focused on listening compassionately rather than making a diagnosis.
Psychotherapy is a potentially life-changing experience that can help you improve your mental health and overcome social or emotional challenges.
- Expressing feelings in a safe, supportive relationship
- Receiving more insight into the issues you face
- Talking about things in an intimate environment that might be difficult to discuss with others, but not with me!
If we’re being honest, psychotherapy isn’t always all rainbows and sunshine. It’s sometimes hard work too. Psychotherapists often provide psychoeducation (learning about past experiences) which may increase awareness of how certain aspects of our lives are contributing to current problems – like recognizing thoughts as they occur or learning new ways to avoid negative habits or behaviours.
I do not work on a prescriptive level, what this means is that I do not say to you that in 12 weeks you will have travelled your journey. It’s unfair to say how long your journey will take as its different for everybody. Sometimes we work together for a long period of time and sometimes we are able to find therapeutic relief in a matter of weeks. Again, there is no one shoe that fits all and it’s about what is right for you. This has always been part of my drive as an integrative therapist as it is supportive and upholds this very ethos.
If you are unsure ….. Just ask and together we can create a path just for you!