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Services | Psychotherapeutic Counselling

What is Psychotherapeutic Counselling?

Talking therapy is an activity where one person meets with another with the express purpose of enabling and supporting one person to understand themselves better. Their way of being, of making relationships, of working, of responding to other people and situations and of understanding what is going on both inside and outside of them, can all be considered. If an individual understands themselves and how and why they respond the way they do, they will have greater choice in learning or accepting different ways of being and behaving. Therapy is focused on enabling and supporting them in this process.

Many people, including professionals in the field, are not clear, or disagree about the similarities and differences between counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling is sometimes used to describe shorter term therapeutic work which is focused on more immediate difficulties or crises.  Psychotherapy is a term often used to describe longer term work which focuses more on deeply embedded psychological processes and patterns in a person's life.  The term Psychotherapeutic Counselling is used in an acknowledgement that for many clients there may be aspects of both approaches within the therapy.

Whatever term is used, talking therapy is about providing a safe, confidential, non-judgemental  relationship within which the client's worldview is accepted and they can explore as fully as possible, their issues, thoughts and feelings.  The building of a trusting relationship between client and therapist is crucial and provides the client with a safe environment within which they can discover and practice new ways of thinking and feeling about themselves and their lives.

The details of each agreement to work therapeutically will be discussed fully in the first session and will be tailored to the individual's circumstances.

If you would like more general information about therapy please look here.


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