Counselling offers a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your feelings and experiences, uncover a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships to those around you, and work to identify and change unwanted and unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. It might be a specific event that brings you to counselling, you may feel you’re struggling in your relationships, be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression and general low self-esteem, or you may just want a space outside your everyday life to be listened to.
How does the therapy work?
In psychodynamic counselling the interest is in unconscious processes and how our past experiences have an effect on our current relationships and psychological well-being. The therapeutic relationship works to facilitate insight to help you know and understand yourself better. In both Psychodynamic Counselling and CBT, the foundation of the work is in establishing a supportive and healing relationship. CBT differs to psychodynamic work in that it’s more problem focused (undertaken for specific problems). Commonly combination of both approaches are used, but in CBT the work centres on specific strategies and tasks to help address those problems identified.
The first step is to meet for an initial assessment to explore what’s brought you to counselling and what you’d like to achieve through the work. It’s also an opportunity for you and the therapist to see if you feel you can work well together – an important factor to consider since the relationship between therapist and client is a very important aspect of the work. Thereafter, sessions will be 50 minutes, and conducted weekly.