What type of help is right for you?
It really depends very much on the problem you wish to deal with. There is some overlap between Psychotherapy and Counselling, with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Clinical Hypnosis sometimes being used to aid the process. My own way of thinking about the differences is:
Psychotherapy – Is appropriate when you recognise a pattern of behaving or a way of reacting that is disrupting your life and which has existed for some time. Psychotherapy helps you to understand the possible reasons for problems and then go on to make more fundamental changes.
Counselling — Can help you gain an understanding of your feelings and behaviour and to make changes if necessary. It can be helpful if you are experiencing specific difficulties, such as in your relationships, or due to life events such as redundancy or bereavement. It can also help with feelings which seem to be connected with particular events, like depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem.
CBT – CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is an effective talking therapy which aims to help you identify and change any unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour which may be causing difficulties and affecting the way you feel. CBT is particularly helpful for problems of stress, anxiety and depression, but is also useful in helping people to cope with illness or other difficult life situations.
Clinical Hypnosis – Can be used to complement both Counselling and Psychotherapy, increasing their effectiveness. It can also be used to help people deal with single issues such as weight loss, stopping smoking or conquering fear of flying. It is also a very effective technique for helping with certain medical or psychosomatic conditions, the control of stress, or reduction of pain.
What problems and issues can be helped?
Among the problems and issues I can help with are:
- Anxiety problems – workplace stress, panic attacks, fears and phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress.
- Mood disorders – depression, mood swings.
- General life problems – lack of confidence, relationship difficulties, low self esteem.
- Eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia, binge eating.
- Single issues – career problems, pain management, migraine, insomnia, weight control, smoking cessation, irritable bowel syndrome, examination nerves.
I know that choosing to come for psychotherapy or counselling for the first time can seem very daunting. On this page I describe some of the misconceptions people may have about the process, and what the reality is.