Non judgemental and confidential
Counselling is a safe space to talk and express how you are through difficult periods of your life. In a safe, non judgmental and confidential setting. This is talking therapy. It involves talking to a therapist about your difficulties. You will be listened to empathetically and can helped deal with any negative thoughts and feelings, allowing you to express your worries and concerns. Most people attend counselling to deal with the common problems of anxiety and depression.
Psychotherapy is a deeper process
It is primarily exploring the unconscious, allowing insights into the conscious. Psychotherapy can help us explore feelings and thoughts we have about ourselves and other people, particularly family and those close to us. By looking at how our experiences have impacted on us and how unconsciously we have learnt to survive through these experiences and develop strategies to cope. These strategies become unconscious behaviours, leading to unknown struggles as to why we find certain situations, emotions, people and behaviours difficult to deal with.
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”
Psychotherapy is a deep and fulfilling experience
Engaging in psychotherapy can be a more lengthy process. Due to to the time it takes to explore the unconscious and change unhealthy behaviours. It could take six months to a year or longer. But the pay off is a deeper more loving self-relationship, leading to better more healthy, conscious decision making.