COUNSELLOR & PSYCHOTHERAPIST NOTTINGHAM
About Counselling and Psychotherapy
For me, the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is the key to successful counselling or psychotherapy, and the dialogue between us forms the core of the therapeutic relationship. I aim to offer you a warm, calm, supportive and non-
My focus is very much on what is happening here and now as we work together. Sometimes we may be unaware of the connections between our thoughts, our emotions and our physical wellbeing. I believe in a holistic approach in which all these aspects are equally important and valid. My aim is to help raise awareness of these connections so that you will come to know yourself better. I do this by listening carefully -
Events, relationships, feelings or patterns of behaviour from the distant or recent past might still be impacting on your life today. Sometimes we know that this is the case; at other times we may be less aware of the connections.
Each of us has been shaped by the experiences we have had and by the environment in which we have lived and are living now. We are also shaped by our relationships with others, both historically and in the present, including the relationship between client and counsellor/therapist.
However, the many factors which shape us are constantly changing as we go through life, so in each person there is always the potential to see or do things differently. I find this a very exciting and powerful concept which offers the hope of change and improvement for all of us.
Often the terms counselling, psychotherapy or therapy are used interchangeably. It is fairly widely accepted that counselling tends to be shorter-
The duration of our work together will be discussed between us and reviewed as we go along.
There can also be differences in the training requirements, with counselling training usually being at undergraduate level whereas psychotherapy training tends to be more extensive and at postgraduate level.
The UKCP believes : "the difference lies in the length and depth of training involved and in the quality of the relationship between the client and their therapist. UKCP-
My training is at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and I am a registered member of the UKCP.
People come to counselling or psychotherapy for many different reasons. You, or someone you know, may be:
- Feeling depressed, anxious or confused;
- Finding relationships difficult, or are facing/dealing with relationship breakdown;
- Having difficulties with family, partnerships or work;
- Dealing with problems in harmful ways, e.g. eating disorders, alcohol abuse etc.;
- In some kind of personal crisis;
- Facing life change, illness or bereavement.