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Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling

Both counselling and psychotherapy offer an opportunity to explore your feelings in a safe and confidential one-to-one setting with an experienced professional practitioner.  Counselling is a short-term intervention designed to alleviate immediate symptoms.  Psychotherapy is open-ended aiming at more fundamental change.  Both are preceded by an assessment.

Assessment

The initial assessment phase may take from one to six sessions.  It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and decide on both sides if we can work together.  It is a time to reflect on your whole problem, to see it in context and to decide on which is the best therapy path for you.  The assessment process has much therapeutic value in itself.  Because I work with a wide range of people and problems there is a good chance that we will decide to go ahead, either with group or individual therapy.  However, if it turns out that I am not the right therapist for you I will refer you to a colleague or an organisation that is better able to help you with your particular issues.

Who is it for?
People suffering from emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, phobias, panic attacks, compulsive behaviours or relationship problems would benefit from individual counselling or psychotherapy.  It is especially helpful to people who have had a painful or traumatic childhood and for those who need a reparative, supportive one-to-one relationship.

Short-term individual counselling
Short-term individual psychotherapy is sometimes known as brief focal psychotherapy but is most often referred to as counselling.  Counselling is a short-term, time-limited intervention designed to help people address immediate crisis in their lives such as bereavement, relationship break-up, redundancy, family conflict or divorce.  It is a highly focused method.  The aim is to help the person deal with their feelings about current events in a new, practical and more constructive way, mobilising the inner strengths that the person already has.  The positive effects are not short-lived. The sessions may be in six-week, twelve-week or eighteen-week blocks

Medium and long-term individual psychotherapy
Open-ended individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a medium to long-term, in-depth intervention designed to help you make fundamental changes in your life.  We will meet once, twice or more times a week for a fifty-minute or one hour session.  You are encouraged to think in terms of months and years rather than weeks.  This is an investment in yourself.  Some of your problems may have taken years to develop and it stands to reason that it may take some time to unravel them and set things right.  In the ongoing therapeutic relationship important emotional issues are addressed – such as poor self-esteem, lack of confidence, phobias, panic attacks, depression and anxiety.  Relationship problems are always taken into account and new ways of dealing with them are explored.

The Aims
The aims are for the individual to become free from debilitating psychological symptoms or pain and to lead a more fulfilled and joyful life.