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There are often times in our lives when we experience difficulties and challenges. Counselling and psychotherapy can help us through these times, allowing us to experience personal growth, insight and well-being. If you’re ready, I’m here to offer support and opportunities for you to explore your experience in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Many people wonder what the difference is between Counselling and Psychotherapy, as these words are often used interchangeably. But generally, Counselling refers to short-term work on a specific issue, whilst Psychotherapy comprises a longer-term approach which explores deeper issues that are often unconscious.
People generally attend counselling to talk about issues which affect their life which might include common things such as stress, life transitions, workplace issues, or adjusting to change. Counselling is generally goal focused and a briefer process than psychotherapy, requiring only one to six sessions.
The first step in any therapeutic engagement that I enter into is creating a trusting relationship so that you can feel safe enough to talk honestly about the difficulties you’re experiencing. Then, my role as counsellor will be to guide and support you, as you access your inner resources and find acceptance or a solution to your problem. My goal is to use everything I know, to help you achieve your goal.
Everyone from an early age develops a ‘story‘. Our story becomes a collection of our experiences and is made up of thoughts, emotions and feelings. How we learn to live with our experiences makes our story unique. Overtime, we learn to identify with and believe we are our story, and often create patterns in our lives that can become problematic. Psychotherapy is extremely beneficial if you are experiencing low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, loneliness, anger, forgiveness, and relationship challenges.
Psychotherapy is a journey taken by the therapist (me) and the inquirer (you) who work together with trust, respect and openness to explore new possible stories. Exploring deeper issues is generally a longer process than short-term counselling, and usually requires regular sessions over a longer period of time. Because everyone is unique, it is important that together, we develop a program to suit your particular needs and circumstances.
During psychotherapy sessions, I share some of the same processes that I use in my own self-therapy, and together we will work to discover and dissolve the obstacles that might be preventing you from living the life that you want.
My approach to therapy is relational and integrative, and incorporates Cognitive and Mindfulness Based therapies and Mind/Body and Parts Psychologies e.g., Internal Family Systems therapy. All of my therapeutic practices are Trauma Informed and Strengths based.
If you would like to find out more about counselling or a porgram of psychotherapy, please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, or text to 0430 220 552, and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.