The following is a brief outline of my approach to working with clients and the purposes of psychotherapy and counselling.
Many of us find that there are times in our lives when we are subject to emotional distress and anxiety in both our personal and professional lives. Over the years we develop methods - (defences) to deal with these difficulties but we may experience periods when we are unable to cope and feel overwhelmed by the emotions that arise. There are many reasons why we may seek Psychotherapy or Counselling:
The purpose of Psychotherapy and Counselling is to provide a safe, supportive and professional environment in which issues that cause us concern can be expressed and where complete confidentiality is maintained.
As a psychotherapist I am able to listen to my clients without personal bias. Through this individual and non-judgmental relationship, I provide the space that enables clients to explore and, with time, gain greater self-understanding and insight into the issues that have concerned them.
My role as the therapist is to work with each client’s unique life experiences. This involves discovering what is important and significant to them individually.
For many clients it is the development of personal insight that leads to a greater sense of well-being and offers the opportunity to re-consider their feelings about themselves and their relationships with others. Through this process the client is able to find a way forward that is appropriate to their own needs.
When there are problems within a relationship it is often beneficial for both partners to work together with a therapist. As a therapist I am able to offer an objective, safe and impartial framework in which open dialogue between the partners is encouraged in an attempt to work towards a resolution of the difficulties that they are facing. Increasingly I am dealing with the specific difficulties that develop in Step-Parenting situations. Sometimes, when a relationship is at an end couple counselling may be an especially appropriate non adversarial way of separating while paying respect to each partner and considering the needs of any children affected by the break-up.
How Long Does Psychotherapy Take?
Sometimes clients come to therapy in the hope of finding a quick solution to their issues as portrayed in some television programmes and in many movies. However therapy is a process. For some clients a fixed number of sessions may be appropriate; for others it may become clear that the therapeutic work may be for an extended period of time, an issue I will discuss with each new client.