Counselling and Psychotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

Psychotherapy and counselling can seem daunting. I have offered some answers to questions you might have. But feel free to contact me to discus any concerns you might have. You might also want me to visit my Getting Started page.
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.” BACP definition

A counsellor or psychotherapist will treat you with respect and provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to talk and explore your issues. It can be easier to talk to someone independent of your friends and family. They will be trained to support you and help you find your internal resources. The healing relationship offered by counselling and psychotherapy can lead to self-acceptance and increase your resilience and effectiveness.

Transactional Analysis is a social psychology that encompasses a wide range of theories and techniques that can be used by individuals, groups, organisations and partnerships to enable them to reach their full potential.

“Transactional analysis is a powerful tool to bring about human well-being. In psychotherapy, transactional analysis utilises a contract for specific changes desired by the client and involves the “Adult” in both the client and the clinician to sort out behaviours, emotions and thoughts that prevent the development of full human potential. Transactional analysts intervene as they work with clients in a safe, protective, mutually respectful-OK/OK environment to eliminate dysfunctional behaviours and establish and reinforce positive relationship styles and healthy functioning. Transactional analysts are able to use the many tools of psychotherapy, ranging from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioural methods in effective and potent ways.” ITAA

Ecotherapy draws on our connection to the natural environment and the planet we live on. Ecotherapy uses a range of practices to help us connect with nature and ourselves. This can be as simple as observation and noticing the natural world, growing plants or a walk outside.

“A study conducted by Mind, a leading mental health charity in the UK, benchmarked the effects of green therapy on 20 members of their local groups. The results demonstrated that 71% of participants reported decreased levels of depression following a country walk, whereas 22% had an increase of depressive symptoms after walking through an indoor shopping centre. “

“Ecotherapy is a natural, free and accessible treatment that boosts our mental wellbeing. Whether it’s a horticultural development programme supervised by a therapist or a simple walk in the park, being outdoors and being active is proven to benefit our mental health.” MIND

Mindfulness is putting attention into the present moment.  It allows us to become aware of our thoughts and feelings so that we can understand them and learn how to manage them. Practising mindfulness can help with depression, anxiety, physical pain, stress, and addictive behaviours.
Gestalt psychotherapy considers everything from an holistic viewpoint, so it looks at the whole situation including the environment/context.  It considers the individual, couple or group in the unique context of their current situation.  A lot of the techniques are focused on being in the here and now and exploring feelings and thoughts that arise.

Key Facts

Estimated number of current people of people with these issues based on 2009 percentages – Source, Mind.
Book Recomendation
Brene Brown
The gifts of imperfection:
Your guide to a wholehearted life. 2010
The gifts of imperfection: a book that has informed my psychotherapy work
This book is all about letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and fully embracing who you are. Brene suggests getting up every day and saying to ourselves “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough”, and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”
Also see TED talk  – The Power of Vulnerability.
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