Counselling is generally considered for short term work ranging from a few sessions to perhaps 30 sessions. Psychotherapy, which is often referred to a Therapy, explores issues in greater depth than counselling and therefore may require longer term work, generally between one to three years. A mutual decision of whether counselling or therapy would be more beneficial for you can be determined during the initial assessment.
Counselling and therapy provide an opportunity to sit with someone who will be fully present for you. A chance to be heard, understood, accepted and valued. A time to share your intimate thoughts and feelings without being judged or criticised. The therapeutic experience can provide a space for the exploration of emotions, attitudes and behaviours at your own pace in a safe, confidential and trusting environment.
Therapy can be beneficial in helping you to work toward fulfilling your potential by developing solutions for yourself. The therapeutic process is an exploration into finding a way of living more resourcefully, through discovering new insights into how the choices you make could help you cope with the obstacles you encounter in your daily life.
Friends can be a valuable resource to us during difficult times throughout our lives. However, sometimes sharing our most intimate thoughts and feelings with a friend can be too complicated. A trained professional will be able to maintain objectivity and does not have a vested interest in the outcome of your decisions. Professional therapists seek to build a trusting relationship in a safe environment and are mindful of maintaining the highest level of confidentiality available.
As we move into the 21st Century individuals seem to be realising the value of the talking therapies as a means of working through their difficulties and stressful lives.
Within the 50 minute session, the focus is completely on the client (you). For many, this is a completely new and welcome experience; a transition to a more resourceful way of living and being.
Because confidentiality is of highest importance, you may never know whether your spouse, parent, priest, doctor or friend are having therapy unless they choose to tell you. Likewise, no-one will know you are are having therapy unless you choose to disclose that information. Individuals involved in the following sectors may find psychotherapy and counselling useful.
- Managing Directors
- Care Givers
- Funeral Directors
- Social Workers
- Retired Individuals
- Health Professionals