How do I Choose Between Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Choosing between Counselling & Psychotherapy is not as important as finding a therapist who is a good fit for you. Research shows that the connection between therapist and client is the most important factor in successful outcomes. However, you can narrow your decision about engaging in counseling or psychotherapy by considering the following things:
• Do you have a single concern that you would like to get some feedback on? Consider counselling.
• Have you noticed a pattern of problems or concerns that seems to keep coming up? Consider psychotherapy.
• Are you typically satisfied with your life and relationships, and just looking for a sounding board? Consider counselling.
• Is it time to address previous trauma or family patterns that are keeping you from feeling good in your own skin? Consider psychotherapy.
Do you need help with:
or some other challenging issue?
Sometimes life can change in challenging or painful ways and you need some support to explore our feelings and find ways to deal with those changes.
Or maybe you would like to create some life changes? Having personalised, professional help can support you with achieving your goals.
Counselling allows you to discuss your problems and any difficult feelings you may be facing in a safe, confidential environment.
I can provide counselling sessions tailored to fit your needs.
Contact me to discuss your needs today.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, like counseling, is based on a healing relationship between a therapist and client. Psychotherapy, also takes place over a series of sessions, although often it has a longer duration than counseling, it can be both short or long term.
Instead of narrowing in on individual problems, psychotherapy considers overall patterns, chronic issues, and recurrent feelings. This requires an openness to exploring the past and its impact on the present. The aim of psychotherapy is to resolve the underlying issues which fuel the clients’ ongoing complaints. Psychotherapists help clients to resolve past experiences as part of laying the foundation for a more satisfying future..
Therapy often requires you to discuss upsetting emotions and painful memories. Bringing up these thoughts can feel difficult to start. This process is necessary to move forward and in time, you should start to feel better.
To get the most from your therapy sessions you should aim to make them consistent. Some sessions will feel more helpful than others, but it is important to realise that everything your therapist is doing is designed to help you in the long run.
The psychotherapy process requires a strong relationship between you and your therapist and a degree of effort on your part – together these two elements create a successful method to help you resolve your issues.
Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Transactional Analysis (TA) is an easy to understand theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change. TA is underpinned by the philosophy that, firstly, people can change and, secondly, we all have a right to be in the world and to be accepted.
Transactional analysts are trained to recognize which ego states people are transacting from. By identifying which ego state you are functioning from you can become more aware of self-sabotaging thinking, judgments and behaviours that go along with that ego state.
Understanding how you give and receive positive and negative strokes to yourself and others, and changing any unhealthy patterns around this are also powerful aspects of work in Transactional Analysis.
One important theory in TA ,that also fits with and compliments the latest neuro-scientific findings, is in our early years of development we all form a script that maps out what is going to happen to us for the rest of our lives. The decisions we make as young children, about the world, other people and ourselves strongly influence the decisions we make as adults. By truly understanding what these, often unconscious, decisions were, we can then begin to change the power that they have been having our present lives.
I have found Transactional Analysis to be a powerful tool in enabling self understanding and change. It can assist individuals to become more authentically themselves, create more intimacy in their relationships, have more autonomy and to reach their full potential.
Would you like to understand why you do the same thing or feel the same feelings over and over again? Would you like to change your script to a more positive one? Call to make an appointment today.