What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a form of Talking Therapy that can be helpful in alleviating feelings of emotional distress and other mental health problems. It offers a space to really explore your feelings in depth, and to make sense of the things that are troubling you. The form of psychotherapy I practice is confidential which means you can talk about things you might not be able to discuss with anyone else. Even if you have a strong network of support, at times it can feel easier to talk about certain issues with somebody impartial and not connected to you or your family and friends. For more information on what psychotherapy is please visit theUnited Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) website. You can read more about my personal approach on the next page.
Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy
The term ‘Humanistic’ is rooted in a fundamental recognition and respect of the life experiences of each individual. The therapy can provide a foundation upon which you can start to identify and accept your feelings and experiences of yourself and others. ‘Integrative’ simply refers to the integration of several different theoretical models of psychotherapy. This means that I can tailor the therapy to suit each client, allowing for a more individual experience. More information about my specific training can be found here.
Difference Between Psychotherapy and Counselling
I am often asked what the differences are between psychotherapy and counselling. It is hard to make a clear divide, but usually counselling will be for a shorter length of time, and addressing a particular issue in the present. Psychotherapy normally lasts for a longer time and refers to more complex or underlying issues that are affecting behaviours, emotional states and relationships. Psychotherapy often weaves back and forth from the past to the present, exploring how the past is influencing and shaping the present day. Gaining insight into why we feel and react as we do, is vital in being able to make changes and shift our patterns of behaviour.
I offer both short term and ongoing therapy.