What is Counselling & Psychotherapy? Why you might need Therapy?

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So just what is counselling and psychotherapy all about? And why might you ever find myself in a situation that would make you consider seeking therapy? It’s one of the most confusing questions people ask themselves when they decide to seek therapy. Do you choose a counsellor or a psychotherapist? Which one do you need?

It can look like a bit of a grey area, the terms Counselling, Psychotherapy and Therapy are used interchangeably.

In standard terms counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centers around the individual’s behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy usuallyfocuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into the individual’s emotional problems and difficulties. In most practices they usually fall under the term ‘therapy’ as both terms are a type of therapy in their own right.

How therapy works

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Therapy is a contractual arrangement by which a practitioner meets a client, in privacy and confidence, to explore issues the client is experiencing. These issues can range from a general sense of dissatisfaction to high levels of distress and grief. Therapy offers a safe, confidential place to talk with someone who is trained in listening attentively and helping you improve things. It is an opportunity to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable.

The process of therapy is of self discovery; your practitioner is guided by the information you share in your sessions and, through their training and experience, help you autonomously gain insights into the difficulties you are experiencing. Utilising the services of a skilled, impartial, non- judgmental professional can help you find new ways of communicating and resolving difficulties you had not previously considered.

Why would/should I seek therapy?

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People seek therapy for a variety of reasons from bereavements and grief, depression and anxiety, to managing difficult changes and transitions, to addressing life long patterns of behaviour. Therapy can be a short term commitment of 6-8 weeks or be open ended. It can be in the form of individual, couples, group or family therapy.

Taking the first step in searching for a therapist is often the most difficult. If you are uncertain which therapist or therapy will best suit your needs then please contact [email protected]

There are many different types of therapeutic approaches, at HQ Therapy Rooms we offer a range of different therapies to suit the individual client’s needs.

Key reasons why people seek counselling & psychotherapy

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Major life events
A divorce or break-up, a financial crisis, serious health issues or an accident, dealing with mid-life crisis, or ageing concerns.

Depression
Struggling to get out of bed, feeling like your life has no meaning, feeling that the things that used to bring you joy now seem insignificant, feeling suicidal.

Anxiety
Feeling nervous or panicky, fears or phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anger
Ranging from feelings of irritation to rage; experienced as unmanageable because its uncontrollable, confusing, pervading, ever present, explosive.

Blended family issues
The challenges of step children, sibling rivalry, custody battles, and financial concerns.

Parenting Issues
Bullying or other problems at school, anti-social behaviour, excessive screen time, setting boundaries, communicating effectively, discipline. Issues with our children are upsetting for parents and children alike.

Addictions
Common addictions include smoking, gambling, alcohol, drugs, sex and love. Addiction can include anything with which we have a formed a compulsive habit.

Bereavement
The loss of a spouse, child or other family member, a friend, or pet. Major life changes can also cause feelings of grief for example moving or a changing jobs.

Eating Disorders
Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder. Food can be used as a way to cope with stress or to feel in control.

Low self esteem
Poor self image and lack of assertiveness generating feelings of sadness, guilt, shame, frustration or anger.

Trauma
A deeply distressing or disturbing event. This can be one-off occurrence or a series of several experiences, small or large, that have overwhelmed a persons ability to cope.

Choosing the right therapist for you

Choosing the right therapist.

There are many different forms of therapy. Searching through them can be overwhelming.

Research shows the most significant element of effective therapy is the client/therapist relationship so choosing someone you feel comfortable with and who you can form a trusting relationship is the best place to start.

Often therapists offer an introductory session. This is an opportunity for both therapist and client to decide if they would like to work together. If you are not sure about the first therapist you see, it is better to arrange to see another. You may want to speak on the phone or arrange initial appointments with several therapists to help you decide.

If you would like any help in choosing the right therapist working HQ Therapy Rooms you can email us in confidence at [email protected] and we can make sure your needs are met, or alternatively take a look at the current therapists working at our practice here.

How different types of talking therapy work. What counseller is right for you?

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Have you ever seen the term CBT and wondered what it meant? Curious what goes on in Mindfulness Based Therapy? Psychology Today has assembled a list of the most commonly found therapy types as well as an exhaustive list of practicing professionals.

We know it can be confusing and overwhelming when you start looking for a therapist because there are so many different types of therapy available and it is difficult to know what type of therapy is best suited to you.

When deciding on an appropriate counsellor or psychotherapist, it can be useful to understand the different therapies they may use. Although all can be effective, you may find one approach more appealing than another, or find that some approaches are better for a certain area of counselling or psychotherapy than others.

The term ‘talking therapy’ covers all the psychological therapies that involve a person talking to a therapist about their problems. For some problems and conditions, one type of talking therapy may be better than another. Different talking therapies also suit different people.

Below are some useful explanations of the types of therapy that are practiced at HQ Therapy Rooms.

Core process psychotherapy

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Core process psychotherapy (CPP), established in 1982, is a mindfulness-based approach to therapy and emphasizes a deep, ongoing awareness of one’s body and mental processes for self-exploration and healing. Therapy is often viewed as a joint undertaking in which the therapist accompanies the individual on a journey through the different levels of his or her patterns of behaviour.

The therapist helps the individual bring attention to their experience in the moment. Through this contemplative self-awareness, individuals may discover the roots of their problems and how these manifest in their lives, so achieving a sense of freedom in simply being who they are.

As they process this information in the present, they will hopefully begin to let go of old habits and approach life with greater creativity and flexibility.

Core Process is offered at HQ Therapy by Mindfulness-based Psychotherapist Graeme Jardin