How Counselling and Therapy Can Help
Therapy is widely recognised as a very effective way of dealing with personal problems. The counselling relationship is different from social relationships in that it is limited just to the counselling sessions. It provides a safe, confidential place in which to explore past and present feelings and the meaning of past and current relationships.
Human beings have a tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour, and even when they would like to change, they often find themselves unable to do so. These patterns may repeat themselves in the counselling room, and this enables the client to look at behaviour patterns completely confidentially, without fear of rejection or retaliation. Exploring your concerns can often help you understand your strengths and build on them to support the changes you want to make.
At first it may be difficult to think about some of your feelings – you may feel embarrassed or ashamed – but it gradually becomes easier. Rather than give you advice, the aim is to think about choices and options that you may not have considered. By understanding more about yourself and by developing a greater self-awareness, it may be possible to find different ways of thinking about and dealing with painful situations or feelings.
Our approach is called ‘psychodynamic’, where the therapist and client work together to explore the network of relationships that develops during growth into adulthood and how they are brought into the present day. This approach is well regarded and used in the NHS, GP surgeries and hospitals.