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Counselling and Psychotherapy

Recognising the need for support is a good step towards improvement. Counselling and Psychotherapy can be of real benefit, providing help for a wide range of problems. It can also help fulfil aspirations for personal growth. Counselling and Psychotherapy have one clear and definite purpose: that something of positive value and constructive usefulness will come out of it for you.

In Therapy, you intentionally make yourself vulnerable to another human being and you may talk about some issues that are very painful for you. However, it is the very process of trusting that it's safe to release your feelings, knowing that the therapeutic relationship permits you to safely explore sources of conflict and dissatisfaction that will finally allow you to make changes in your life.

What is Counselling?

Counselling helps you look at the difficulties and problems that you may be experiencing. Professional Counsellors can listen to your story with candour and insight, giving you stimulating feedback and a fresh perspective. It can be helpful to have objective input from a neutral party, someone who is outside of your life.

Sharing thoughts and feelings in the context of a therapeutic Counselling relationship will help you feel less isolated. This will enable you to understand more clearly what is happening now and how you would like things to change. Many people will experience a feeling of relief very early on during the counselling process, due to the opportunity to express thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental, supportive environment.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is similar to Counselling, the two overlap, although Psychotherapy is more long-term. It focuses more on gaining insight into chronic mental, behavioural and emotional problems. It also addresses the client's thought processes and way of being in the world. Psychotherapy can also help you to overcome stress, emotional issues, relationship problems and troublesome habits or behaviours. A longer course of Therapy allows the client and Psychotherapist the opportunity to explore deeper issues and work on a more fundamental level of consciousness.

How do Counselling and Psychotherapy help?

Counselling and Psychotherapy can be time-consuming and challenging, as uncomfortable emotions and thoughts can arise as part of the treatment process. However, Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support. Learning and addressing the underlying causes of your mental or emotional problem, not only provides symptom relief but also, gives you tools for identifying triggers in the future. Therapy also provides you with management and coping skills to help you stay grounded. It helps you modify behaviours that you would like to change.

Counselling and Psychotherapy help you to:
• combat a wide range of issues.
• gain perspective on your behaviour, emotions and relationships.
• provide a means to express your feelings and identify patterns of thinking.
• alleviate Anxiety, Depression and anger in their many forms.
• help develop communication skills for dealing with conflict and frustration.
• address your pain or loss and add meaning to your life.

Many issues can contribute to challenges with emotional and mental health, including situational stressors such as loss, relationship conflicts, employment struggles, social issues and life transitions. In addition to these stressors, some people struggle with issues from childhood or unhealthy patterns that sabotage their relationships. For many, there are also physical stressors such as chronic pain. Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you through trying situations and support you with creating and maintaining life-changing solutions.

It is possible that you are worried about seeing a Counsellor or Psychotherapist face-to-face. You may have confidence issues or are put off by the thought of ringing for an appointment and having to wait longer than desired. Online and Telephone Counselling can be appropriate in all these and many other circumstances. Help is available. Get in touch with us, or arrange a session via the site with an Online Counsellor or Psychotherapist via Skype or WhatsApp Calling, Instant Messenger, Email or Telephone.