FAQs

How are Counselling and Psychotherapy different?

While the terms’ usage sometimes overlap, there is a distinction. When focussing on a single issue, counselling is offered, typically on a short-term basis, whereas psychotherapy typically requires a greater amount of time. The latter allows the development of an environment and relationship that can deal with a variety of issues or those that require extensive analysis to support an improved self-awareness and wellbeing.

What happens at the initial session?

Our initial session allows me to assess whether I am the most appropriate counsellor for you. I will consider if there is an appropriate connection that could potentially support the positive collaboration required for healthy development. This is also an opportunity for you to judge your feelings and to ask questions, so that you may gauge your comfort working closely with me.

Are you the right counsellor for me?

The effectiveness of counselling relies upon our relationship. Typically, an initial session indicates the positivity of such a relationship, though occasionally it may take slightly longer. Within the period of counselling, I host regular reviews that allow both the client and myself to reflect upon the relationship and consider the quality of our relationship.

If you feel uncomfortable or uncertain that I am the right counsellor, there will be no obligation for you to continue our sessions and I will be happy to refer you to another potential counsellor.

What is the length of each session?

Sessions last fifty minutes, once a week at the same time. 

When will our counselling conclude?

The length of counselling term depends upon the client’s individual needs. Short term counselling may be appropriate, typically dealing with a specific issue and lasting six to twelve sessions. Or, alternatively, I offer ongoing psychotherapy, which is treated as open-ended, accommodating a greater scope of issues and goals. These sessions would end when the client is confident they no longer require support to manage their life.

Transitioning away from counselling is a significant point and is approached with caution to ensure that the client moves on at the right time and with the best potential wellbeing.

Will I be welcome to return to counselling, if necessary?

Terms typically conclude when you are confident in your ability to manage yourself and life. Should you encounter new difficulties or feel the genuine need to return to our sessions, I will be happy to arrange new sessions, both short and long term.

What is Psychodynamic Counselling?

The fundamental theory behind psychodynamic counselling describes the inclination for humans to develop defence mechanisms to protect ourselves from sources of pain. The manifestation of these defences can range from problematic to dangerous, creating emotional issues and interpersonal difficulties, as well as affect mental health.

The practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy creates an environment that allows for these defence mechanisms to be examined. Clients are able to express and experience the memories and feelings directly related to their problems so that, with the guidance of a trained psychotherapist, they can begin to resolve the inner conflict.

What is Psychodynamic Counselling used to treat?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy can be applied to a wide range of issues, many of which I am personally able to support clients.

  • Abuse (Domestic and Sexual)
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual and Gender Identity
  • Cultural and Social Identity
  • Stress (Post-Traumatic Stress and Trauma)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Phobia
  • Self-Harm
  • Professional and Work Place Issues

Alongside these issues, psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy can be used to support those who find themselves lacking fulfilment or who develop a feeling of meaninglessness in their life. Should you have a specific issue, perhaps on that isn’t listed, you are welcome to arrange an initial consultation to discuss potential psychodynamic guidance.

Is Psychodynamic Counselling suitable for me?

There are indicators that psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy may be an appropriate choice for your situation. 

  • Wishing to better understand yourself
  • Wishing to overcome a problem
  • Wishing to let go or leave behind issues
  • Wishing for guidance and support, whether long or short term

Psychodynamic counselling is not only useful for those wishing to overcome specific struggles but it can also assist those wanting to better understand their past, present, and self. It can be an enlightening process that many find useful for improving their wellbeing.

If you feel like you may potentially want or need guidance, please consider arranging an initial session. You will be able to ask any questions, allowing yourself to better understand how psychodynamic counselling could be useful for your life.

FAQs

How are Counselling and Psychotherapy different?

While the terms’ usage sometimes overlap, there is a distinction. When focussing on a single issue, counselling is offered, typically on a short-term basis, whereas psychotherapy typically requires a greater amount of time. The latter allows the development of an environment and relationship that can deal with a variety of issues or those that require extensive analysis to support an improved self-awareness and wellbeing.

What happens at the initial session?

Our initial session allows me to assess whether I am the most appropriate counsellor for you. I will consider if there is an appropriate connection that could potentially support the positive collaboration required for healthy development. This is also an opportunity for you to judge your feelings and to ask questions, so that you may gauge your comfort working closely with me.

Are you the right counsellor for me?

The effectiveness of counselling relies upon our relationship. Typically, an initial session indicates the positivity of such a relationship, though occasionally it may take slightly longer. Within the period of counselling, I host regular reviews that allow both the client and myself to reflect upon the relationship and consider the quality of our relationship.

If you feel uncomfortable or uncertain that I am the right counsellor, there will be no obligation for you to continue our sessions and I will be happy to refer you to another potential counsellor.

What is the length of each session?

Sessions last fifty minutes, once a week at the same time each week. 

When will our counselling conclude?

The length of counselling term depends upon the client’s individual needs. Short term counselling may be appropriate, typically dealing with a specific issue and lasting six to twelve sessions. Or, alternatively, I offer ongoing psychotherapy, which is treated as open-ended, accommodating a greater scope of issues and goals. These sessions would end when the client is confident they no longer require support to manage their life.

Transitioning away from counselling is a significant point and is approached with caution to ensure that the client moves on at the right time and with the best potential wellbeing.

Will I be welcome to return to counselling, if necessary?

Terms typically conclude when you are confident in your ability to manage yourself and life. Should you encounter new difficulties or feel the genuine need to return to our sessions, I will be happy to arrange new sessions, both short and long term.

What is Psychodynamic Counselling?

The fundamental theory behind psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy describes the inclination for humans to develop defence mechanisms to protect ourselves from sources of pain. The manifestation of these defences can range from problematic to dangerous, creating emotional issues and interpersonal difficulties, as well as affect mental health.

The practice of psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy creates an environment that allows for these defence mechanisms to be examined. Clients are able to express and experience the memories and feelings directly related to their problems so that, with the guidance of a trained psychotherapist, they can begin to resolve the inner conflict.

What is Psychodynamic Counsellling used to treat?

Psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy can be applied to a wide range of issues, many of which I am personally able to support clients.

  • Abuse (Domestic and Sexual)
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual and Gender Identity
  • Cultural and Social Identity
  • Stress (Post-Traumatic Stress and Trauma)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Phobia
  • Self-Harm
  • Professional and Work Place Issues

Alongside these issues, psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy can be used to support those who find themselves lacking fulfilment or who develop a feeling of meaninglessness in their life. Should you have a specific issue, perhaps on that isn’t listed, you are welcome to arrange an initial consultation to discuss potential psychodynamic guidance.

Is Psychodynamic Counselling suitable for me?

There are indicators that psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy may be an appropriate choice for your situation. 

  • Wishing to better understand yourself
  • Wishing to overcome a problem
  • Wishing to let go or leave behind issues
  • Wishing for guidance and support, whether long or short term

Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy is not only useful for those wishing to overcome specific struggles but it can also assist those wanting to better understand their past, present, and self. It can be an enlightening process that many find useful for improving their wellbeing.

If you feel like you may potentially want or need guidance, please consider arranging an initial session. You will be able to ask any questions, allowing yourself to better understand how psychodynamic psychotherapy could be useful for your life.