Frequently asked questions

How does counselling differ from psychotherapy?

They are both facets of the helping process. Psychotherapy is usually conducted at a deeper level. The theoretical assumptions and skills involved can be the same. However, psychotherapy training is more comprehensive, therefore it takes longer. In practice, the deeper the experience of the healing process and the more profound and lasting the change, the more therapeutic the process is.

From now on, when appropriate, I will refer to counselling and psychotherapy jointly as therapy.

How long does therapy last?

This will depend on your needs and what you want to achieve. Some problems require a few sessions only, other deep-rooted problems may require a long term contract. Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually once per week. At the first meeting we will discuss your particular requirements and will make a contract for a specific number of sessions which we can review at any time.

Who can benefit from counselling and/or psychotherapy?

  • Most people can, especially if they are dissatisfied with some aspects of their life.
  • Someone who is in a crisis situation. For in a crisis people can learn to re-evalute their life and reassess their priorities on an almost permanent basis, thus achieving a flexibility and vitality that allows them to make the most of life's naturally transformative character.
  • Someone who is willing to get in touch with their feelings, however difficult this may be.
  • Someone who truly desires to change.
  • Someone who is prepared to share responsibility for our work together. For therapy is a venture that we embark on together. The dance of understanding depends upon both partners. In the process we will both be transformed

    What is the process of therapy about ?

    The art and craft of counselling and psychotherapy is based on listening.

    'To understand the heart of another human being is an ultimate achievement' Martin Buber

    Attentive listening can be healing, especially if you are someone who finds it difficult to open up and talk about yourself. It can be healing even if you normally feel free to talk. By talking you might reinterpret your personal history, find a new meaning in your life so far and because of that, find a new way forward.

    By talking about and re-experiencing feelings of grief and sadness, guilt and resentment, frustration and anger, fear and and anxiety, shame and worthlessness, you can bring into consciousness childhood traumas, and come to terms with losses that might have happened in all kinds of human relationships.

    By sharing your dreams and daytime fantasies, hopes, body states and symptoms, blocks and frustrations in your behaviour, you can come to a new understanding of yourself that can change your future journey in life.

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