Everyone is unique and so will experience life from their own personal perspective. Usually when troubles come along or
difficulties arise, we use our own creativity and resilience to work them through, often with the help of family and friends. Sometimes though no matter what we try we can end up feeling lost or stuck. This can be intensely painful and frustrating, even debilitating and it is often at this point that we seek alternative ways to address the problem.

Psychotherapy or counselling is one way people could choose so what is it?

UKCP definition
Psychotherapy is the provision by qualified practitioners of a formal and professional relationship within which patients/clients can profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences. These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning of ones life. It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined. Psychotherapy may be provided for individuals or children, couples, families and groups.

There is a crossover between the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. Traditionally psychotherapy was used to work through early trauma impacting on life’s experience today. It focuses on the unconscious psychological patterns that no longer work for that person. It was considered to be deeper than counselling which in itself was thought to be primarily person centred and concerned with talking through what the person was conscious of as a problem. Today however with the many and varied psychological trainings in the marketplace, some counsellors work at a very deep level of consciousness and some psychotherapists work more with behaviours. This can be very confusing when seeking a therapist and so what is important is to choose a registered therapist that you feel comfortable with. For more information see the FAQ page

People choose to come to therapy for all sorts of reasons. There may be specific symptoms such as depression, anxiety or feelings of wanting to commit suicide or self harm.

Alternatively and without knowing why, there may be an underlying worry that things aren’t quite right or that life is flat and unfulfilling. Over time these feelings can create a sense of lost direction.

Others may be well aware of hurtful situations that keep re-occurring but become dispirited, angry or frustrated when no matter what they try the same things seem to keep happening.

The process of psychotherapy or counselling works to build a professional, confidential relationship that facilitates the clients own natural process of healing by alleviating symptoms or by developing awareness and insight.

Psychotherapists don’t prescribe medication unless they are also trained as medical doctors with a current licence to practice. As a general rule it will be GP’s or psychiatrists who prescribe medication when necessary.

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