It can be difficult to know when it’s the right time to see a Therapist, and often the feeling that you might like some support may come and go. But seeking support from a therapist doesn’t need to involve a long-term commitment, a medical prescription or a unique problem or feeling in your life. If you feel like it would help to speak to someone, or you would like some help to move forward with something, give me a call or drop me an email. We will then arrange an initial assessment for you to get a taste of how I work and if you feel I am the right person for you.
The terms ‘psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ can be daunting, and refer to very similar practices of talking therapy both of which can be short or long term. The main difference is the length and depth of study that the therapist has done. Counselling can be done by anyone who has had a brief training in counselling skills (minimum of 1 year is required to gain a certificate) and usually counsellors aren’t required to work on their own issues before taking on clients. A ‘Psychotherapist’ (which can sound intimidating, but really isn’t!) is someone who has undergone a thorough training which lasts a minimum of 4 years and encompasses a deeper level of study on effective psychotherapeutic techniques, personality differences, psychopathology and more, usually to Masters level accreditation. Psychotherapy helps you to address not just problems and their stems, but also the way you think about them and the way in which you address them: nurturing and changing healthier thought processes to help you cope better long-term. The length of treatment depends on how much progress is currently needed in your life. You may start with short term treatment and decide you’d like to progress on to longer-term treatment to increase the benefits, or you may find it is enough for you to feel content and healthy again. I am highly trained and qualified with extensive experience so if you start your sessions with me and find them beneficial, you won’t need to move off to work with anyone else should you decide to continue and progress.