About counselling & psychotherapy

Psychotherapy and counselling are particular ways of offering confidential support to people who are experiencing a difficult time, or who want to improve the quality of their lives. Rather than to give advice, the aim is to help a person sort out their own thoughts, feelings and beliefs, so that they can find their own answers, and develop their own strengths and ways of coping.
Psychotherapy and counselling can help with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, bereavement, abuse and relationship difficulties.

Psychotherapy or Counselling?


The therapy professions hold differing views about what each of these terms mean
(see bacp)

My perspective is that Counselling is usually for a shorter time, and focuses upon a particular difficulty you wish to improve. This might take a limited number of meetings. Psychotherapy focuses more on an exploration of you as a whole person, looking at how you deal with what happens in your life, and what has influenced your responses. This can take between several months and several years. I offer both counselling and psychotherapy.

Different Approaches in Psychotherapy & Counselling


There are many different kinds of therapy, and it can be very difficult to know which might be the right one for you.

My therapy approach is Integrative, which means that I have experience and training in a variety of different therapeutic modes, and I use the one that best suits the needs of the client My major influences are the Person-Centred, Existential, and Psychodynamic approaches.