What Is Counselling, What Is Psychotherapy?
You may have heard the term psychotherapy but will probably be more
familiar with the term counselling. Psychotherapy and counselling are
The BACP states “Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing” As said above, most people in my view are probably more familiar with the term counsellor, I use both.
Life events can take their toll and can affect our mental well being, our health and all aspects of our lives. One in four people experience mental ill health at some point in their lives. Mental illness can affect people of all ages and walks of life as it can be triggered by physical, social, enviromental/genetic factors. The silence and lack of understanding about mental illness encourages feelings of shame, and discourages people to seek treatment or even to admit that symptoms they may be experiencing may be related to mental ill health. Are you experiencing and or living with any of the following:
- Lack of confidence
- Low self esteem
- Relationship issues, marital, partner, family
- Relationship issues, same sex partnerships
- Bereavement & loss
- Physical illness
- Difficulty in expressing feelings
- Loneliness, isolation
- Issues relating to abuse or unhappiness in childhood
- Depression, feeling down, excessive sleep, sleep disturbance
- Anxiety, panicky, panic attacks.
- Stress, work related stress, post traumatic stress
- Women's issues
- Drug & Alcohol, excessive drinking or other substance abuse
- Abuse, Violence, bullying, neglect
- Stuck, confused, reached a crossroads
- Problems with no known cause
- Endings, new beginnings, transition and change.
A Counsellor and or Psychotherapist provides a safe, confidential space in which you are invited to talk about and look at issues and feelings that are having, or have had an impact on you ,and or, you and your relationships, for example; with your partner, members of your family, and or, your friends. These difficulties could then have an impact on you, and how you live your every day daily life. One, or a combination of more than one of the above could perhaps leave you feeling, for example; anxious, frustrated, angry, stressed and or depressed etc. Counselling and or psychotherapy can help to make sense of personal difficulties, whatever their nature. One to one counselling may suit you. Couple counselling may suit you, or perhaps you would feel more comfortable working within a group.
As said above a professionally qualified counsellor and or a psychotherapist provides a supportive safe space in which you can talk in confidence , you will be listened to in a way in which you probably have never been listened to before. The counsellor facilitates the counselling session in such a way that you are given the space and time in which to process your thoughts and feelings in a way in which you have probably never done so before, which facilitates change. It may take some weeks before you start to trust in the counselling relationship and the effectiveness of the counselling process. Please remember counselling is a process and will take time. How much time will be determined by you and will vary according to the issues you have chosen to look at and or work through.
Your counselling journey could well have its ups and downs, its twists and turns. I have often heard the counselling process described as “a roller coaster ride” You may be surprised at what you discover and learn about yourself, light may be shed on patterns of behavior, relationship difficulties, choices made, and perhaps you may discover new ways in which to cope in difficult situations, you may become more confident, you may start to re discover yourself and you may find you!
Every ones counselling journey is unique, yours may not be easy, you are reading this so I am wondering if perhaps it’s a journey you are thinking about taking. If you are hesitant, perhaps reflect on why you are hesitant? what’s stopping you? money perhaps? time perhaps? do you find it hard to justify taking some time out for you? do you find it hard to justify spending money on you? or do you perhaps have concerns about venturing in to the unknown? These are all issues that can be discussed with your counsellor at your initial consultation. Finding You in Stanstead Abbotts East Herts offer a free initial consultation after which you can decide on whether counselling is the right form of therapy for you.
To summarise, a counsellor and or psychotherapist will facilitate and support you on your counselling journey as you navigate your way along which ever path you choose to take to get answers that you are looking for and or perhaps need. You are unique; your journey will be unique. An empathic, professional, experienced counsellor will walk hand in hand with you along which ever path you choose to take, at your pace. The hurdles that are met and how they are over come will be determined by you. You may choose to navigate round them, ignore them and there will be hurdles that you will choose to bull doze through and break down.
The process begun in the counselling room, is an on-going process and once started you may well find you will have the tools to continue the process outside of the counselling room as well.
If you feel ready to embark on a course of counselling and or psychotherapy ensure that you find a qualified therapist. (See article finding a qualified therapist in your area Author Karen Brewster MBACP BA Hons. founder of Finding You)