Q: What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
A: Counselling and psychotherapy are confidential ways to seek help in exploring, understanding and resolving any thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be troubling you in a safe, nonjudgemental and respectful environment. At Elmwood Centre we aim to help and support you through the emotional, psychological and behavioural changes you may need to make in order to resolve these troubles. An important part of what counselling is about is to help you to make sense of what is going on in your life at the moment, as well as reflecting on past experiences to see how they may be impacting in the present.
Q: Why do I need Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Q: How does Therapy help?
A: In challenging circumstances many of us get stressed, anxious and upset. A professionally trained therapist to help you to develop appropriate and effective problem solving skills, discover your true potential and begin the journey of self awareness, acceptance and change. At the heart of the counselling and psychotherapy journey is the empathic, nurturing and trusting relationship that can be developed between you and your therapist, and which is believed to be at the centre of success in the therapeutic process.
Q: What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
A: The terms counselling and psychotherapy are often used together, and overlap in a number of different ways. However, although there are many similarities there are also some differences. Counselling is usually considered to be conducted over a shorter period of time, be more focused on resolving a particular issue and is mostly concerned with changing behavioural patterns. Psychotherapy is a longer and deeper process that requires a longer training period, that identifies and explores deeper emotional and psychological issues and attempts to examine and address the underlying root causes of the presenting issue.
Both methods of counselling provide people with a way of dealing with change, and require the therapist to have highly developed skills. The aim of both is similar in that the development of self awareness, insight and understanding, are the essence of any therapeutic process.
Q: Is Therapy confidential?
Q: How long does counselling take?
Q: How long is a session?
A: Each session is between 50 minutes to one hour. Family therapy and Couples Counselling may take longer. This can be discussed on an individual basis with your therapist.