Counselling and Psychotherapy

Man speaking to therapist at couples therapy while woman is crying at therapy sessionI practice one-on-one counselling and psychotherapy sessions as well as couples and relationships counselling. Areas of special emphasis  include Grief and Loss, particularly involving Bereavement and relationships and Sex Therapy, which includes a focus on communication, relationship dynamics and intimacy issues between couples.

My more general counselling areas are: anxiety, depression, difficult life changes, navigating the ageing process and stress reduction.

Should clients be living at a distance or overseas, I am available for online sessions using skype.

Why are Counselling and Psychotherapy important and worthwhile and in what circumstances might one require the assistance of an experienced practitioner? You may require assistance in:

  • Dealing effectively with our responses to change, how we integrate it into our lives, and developing coping skills and resilience, that support us through critical times
  • Identifying underlying relationship dynamics and finding ways of solving tricky sticking points in relationship; i.e., places we get stuck
  • Managing to move through difficult experiences of grief and loss, knowing that loss is sometimes suffered around things that don’t happen in our lives
  • Adapting to rapidly shifting social and economic circumstances
  • Ensuring we continually nourish and attend to our intimate relationships, especially in terms of our interpersonal communications
  • Seeking a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives
  • Keeping our important relationships fresh, exciting and stimulating notwithstanding the quicksand of mundane life
  • Being able to share our ‘inner life’ with those we trust, so as to bear grief and loss in a healthy manner
  • Weaving a web of effective and satisfying parenthood and surviving the teenage years (!)
  • Adhering to the pressures of family life
  • Maintaining a robust social life and a support network
  • Taking on the challenge of workplace conditions, employment pressures and at times, uncertainty
  • Preparing for and managing aspects of retirement
  • Maintaining essential self-care above and beyond caring for our loved ones and friends
  • Dealing with critical life issues and transitions
  • Moving through a time of bereavement, finding meaning in our loss and a new sense of identity in moving on
  • Living with loneliness, aloneness and isolation
  • Accepting the ageing process gracefully and maintaining health and vitality throughout our longevity

 

Many people have asked me what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy. This is a very good question and what follows is a general guide to clear up any confusion. One should be aware that there is a lot of overlap between these two approaches.

Counselling is generally understood as a process which helps people achieve their personal goals or to function more appropriately. It has tended to have an educational, situational and developmental focus, drawing on the client’s inherent awareness and competencies. Counselling enables a person to access multiple perspectives and options, broadening their sense of identity and opportunity. It is very much concerned with behavioral change. Counselling is now more often practiced as a very collaborative experience between counsellor and client, which is highly empowering.

Psychotherapy is seen as remedial in nature and intent on problem-solving. I see it as an ‘heuristic’ process, which means finding solutions by problem solving. It often sheds light on aspects of personal history and one’s belief systems and their influence on present day health, happiness, and the notion of satisfaction and personal potential. This means working towards reparative change in life, allowing important insights into chronic cycles of emotional and physical problems.