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Counselling & Psychotherapy

Recognising the need for professional help is a good first step towards improvement. Counselling and Psychotherapy can be of real benefit, providing help for a wide range of problems. It can also help fulfil aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement. Counselling and Psychotherapy have one clear and definite purpose: that something of positive value and constructive usefulness will come out of it for you.

In therapy, you intentionally make yourself vulnerable to another human being and you may talk about some issues that are very painful for you. However, it is the very process of trusting that it's safe to release your feelings, the good and the bad, knowing that the therapeutic relationship permits you to safely explore deeply felt sources of conflict and dissatisfaction that will finally allow you to make lasting, positive changes in your life.

Counselling is a therapy that is extremely beneficial. It helps you look at difficulties and problems that you may be experiencing. Professional Counsellors can listen to your story with candour and insight, giving you stimulating feedback and a fresh perspective. It can be helpful to have objective input from a neutral party, someone who is outside of your life.

Sharing thoughts and feelings in the context of a therapeutic counselling relationship will help you feel less isolated. This will enable you to understand more clearly what is happening now and how you would like things to change. Many people will experience a feeling of relief very early on during the counselling process, due to the opportunity to express thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental, supportive environment.

Psychotherapy is similar to Counselling, the two overlap, although Psychotherapy is more long-term. It focuses more on gaining insight into chronic mental, behavioural and emotional problems. It also addresses the client's thought processes and way of being in the world. Psychotherapy can also help you to overcome stress, emotional issues, relationship problems and troublesome habits or behaviours. A longer course of therapy allows client and psychotherapist the opportunity to explore deeper issues and work on a more fundamental level of consciousness.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can be time-consuming and challenging, as uncomfortable emotions and thoughts can arise as part of the treatment process. However, therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support. Learning and addressing underlying causes of your mental or emotional problem not only provides symptom relief but also gives you tools for identifying and avoiding triggers in the future. Therapy also provides you with management and coping skills to help you stay grounded, and helps you modify behaviours that you would like to change.

Counselling and Psychotherapy
* Can assist with combating a wide range of issues
* Offer a way to gain perspective on your behaviour, emotions and relationships.
* Provide a means to express your feelings and identify patterns of thinking.
* Alleviate anxiety, depression and anger in their many forms.
* Help develop communication skills for dealing with conflict and frustration.
* Are both a means for addressing pain, working through loss and adding meaning to your life.

Physical, emotional and environmental wellness all factor into one's mental health. Many issues can contribute to challenges with emotional and mental health, including situational stressors such as loss, relationship conflicts, employment struggles and life transitions. In addition to these stressors, some people struggle with issues from childhood or unhealthy patterns that sabotage their relationships. For many, there are also physical stressors such as chronic pain or a chemical imbalance. Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you through trying situations and support you with creating and maintaining life-changing solutions.

It is possible that you are worried about seeing a Counsellor or Psychotherapist face-to-face. You may have confidence issues, or perhaps be put off by the thought of ringing for an appointment and having to wait longer than desired. Online and Telephone Counselling can be appropriate in all these and many other circumstances. Help is a available.